Union Home Minister Amit Shah, called People’s Movement for 6th Schedule Status leader and former Lok Sabha member Thupstan Chhewang to invite him for talks along with other leaders.
But, as the two leaders of the movement are coronavirus positive so they have demanded some time until they recover. Moreover, they wanted the opinion of the people of Kargil as many of them have shown their support to the leaders of People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD).
The people of Kargil district have requested the Union Home Ministry to invite the Kargil Democratic Alliance (KDA) which comprises various political and religious figures for talks as they are open for dialogue too. LAHDC Kargil Chairman-cum-CEC Feroz Khan said that KDA is also ready to meet the apex body of Leh.
Thupstan Chhewang confirmed that he received the call from Amit Shah. The Excelsior was told by the two-time Member of Parliament from Ladakh Constituency that the Home Minister invited leaders of the People’s Movement in New Delhi regarding the issue of the 6th schedule of the constitution. Chhewang said that the Union Minister has agreed to wait until both the leaders test negative for the coronavirus and discuss the issue with the people.
He said that the movement would like to know from the representatives of Kargil district if their interests align with him. He is sceptical because of their meeting with the leaders of the PAGD in which they are asking for the restoration of Article 370 and 35A which isn’t demanded by the movement. He said that he fully supports the Union Territory status of Ladakh.
LAHDC Kargil Chairman-cum-CEC Feroz Khan told the Excelsior that the KDA have stated that they support the restoration of Article 35A and 370 and statehood to Jammu and Kashmir but they also are aware that the matter is sub-judice. The KDA believes that if the government of India is sincere then they should grant statehood to Ladakh.
He said that the people of Kargil believe that even if the sixth schedule is granted to the Ladakh, then still the Lieutenant Governor will hold the upper hand so statehood should be granted to the Ladakh until the Supreme Court takes any decision on the special status.