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Kargil leaders meet Indian minister, demand statehood and restoration of Article 370

A delegation of leaders from the Kargil region on Thursday urged New Delhi to grant full statehood to the newly created Union Territory as well as restore special status granted under Article 370 of the Constitution.

The Narendra Modi government on August 5, 2019, had abrogated Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the erstwhile state into Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

While Jammu and Kashmir are a UT with a legislature, Ladakh was created without a legislature.

The leaders from Kargil held a discussion with the Indian Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy, and it came a week after Prime Minister Narendra Modi met 14 political leaders from Jammu and Kashmir.

Leader of the Kargil Democratic Alliance Asgar Ali Karbalai said that they apprised Reddy about the need for restoration of Article 370 and Article 35A and full-fledged statehood for Ladakh.

He said they had a two-and-a-half-hour-long meeting with the Union minister and were hopeful that more meetings would take place in the future on their demands.

Another leader, Qamar Ali Akhoon, said that they were against the creation of the UT of Ladakh and sought statehood for Ladakh.

During the June 24 meeting, New Delhi came up with a roadmap for Jammu and Kashmir — delimitation, elections and then restoration of statehood.

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