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Shutdown in Ladakh disrupts normal life, demand for statehood, constitutional safeguards

Last Updated on December 13, 2021 at 5:13 pm

On Monday, people in Ladakh observed a bandh which disrupted normal life in Ladakh. The shutdown was called for demanding the statehood for the Union Territory and separate Lok Sabha seats for Leh and Kargil districts.

Two prominent groups Kargil Democratic Alliance (KDA) and Apex Body Leh have called for the bandh call on December 13.

In the Leh and Kargil districts, roads observed a deserted look. All commercial and business activities have come to a standstill in Leh. The bandh has been called by Leh-based apex body of the People’s Movement for the 6th Schedule and the Kargil Democratic Alliance (KDA). Both groups have formed an alliance and threatened an agitation in support of their demand for statehood. 

After the formation of the alliance, Thupstan Chewang, chief of the Leh apex body, has said that the entire Ladakh stands united in their demand for statehood and constitutional safeguards like it had enjoyed under the provisions of special status where no outsider could own land and given jobs in Ladakh.

Former Member of Parliament, Thupstan Chewang said that the meeting with the stakeholders which include, transporters tourist operators, hotel and restaurant associations, tour operators, and taxi operators besides others ended on a positive note and they assured to extend support on December 13 to make the bandh successful in the region, as per Greater Kashmir.

Earlier, a bandh call was issued in November for December 6 which was later withdrawn and a fresh date was announced by the regional leaders.