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Now, Delhi calls meeting with Kargil leaders who says restoring Article 370 is their clear demand

Three days after leaders of different political parties of Jammu and Kashmir held talks with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the leadership of the Kargil Democratic Alliance has received an invitation from New Delhi for holding discussions.

India’s ministry of home affair in January had announced the formation of a committee headed by Minister of State GK Reddy to hold deliberations with the leaders based in the twin districts of Ladakh about the demands and possibilities of the region’s inclusion into the 6th schedule.

A year after New Delhi revoked Article 370 and 35A, two groups of seniors leaders from Leh and Kargil districts in Ladakh named Apex Body and KDA were formed with separate agendas.

The Apex Body in Leh took a u-turn a few days back from demanding the 6th schedule with legislature while the KDA since the formation has demanded the pre-August 05, 2019 status and a full-fledged state for Ladakh.

The members of KDA has received an invitation from the MHA for July 1 to hold talks with the committee chairman GK Reddy related to the demands raised by them.

Former minister and the co-Chairman of KDA, Qamar Ali Akhoon, said: “Our stand is very clear and we continue to seek the same which is the restoration of pre-August 05, 2019 status and a full-fledged state with the legislature.”

Akhoon said that their stand will not change no matter the circumstances, since KDA is also a part of the case filed before the Supreme Court of India demanding the restoration of Article 370 and 35A (Pre-August 05, 2019 status).

“Our members heading to New Delhi will include social, political, student, youth, religious and other leaders associated with KDA,” he said.

He informed that the meeting is aimed to hold deliberations related to the situation in the region post-August 05, 2019.

Chief Executive Councillor Kargil, Feroz Ahmad Khan, who is also part of the visiting team, said that the demand of KDA is very clear.

“We demand the restoration of Article 370 and 35A and now when the matter is sub-justice the central government if sincere must give a full-fledged state to Ladakh,” he said.

Khan said that Apex Body has changed its stance from demanding the 6th schedule with Legislature but with the Union Territory status the legislature has no power. “The demand of KDA is clear and we demand a full-fledged state for Ladakh”, he said.

A senior member of the KDA while requesting not to be named said that the Apex Body took a U-turn recently on the demand for the 6th schedule for the region. “It seems they have realized that the 6th schedule has no executive, judicial, and political powers with them in the government elected by the people,” he said.

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