A delegation of leaders from Ladakh arrived at the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Thursday in the national capital. As many as 11 leaders attended the meeting with Union Home Ministry officials and demanded the restoration of Article 370 and 35A and a full-fledged statehood for Ladakh.
"We had two clear agendas - restoration of Article 370 & 35A and full-fledged statehood for Ladakh. We discussed these with Union Home Minister for 2.5 hours. More meetings are to be followed to discuss this," said Asgar Ali Karbalai, Congress & Kargil Democratic Alliance (KDA).
“Our agenda focussed on the restoration of Article 370 and Article 35A. We also told that we were against division, but were in favour of a state. We don’t consider (Ladakh as a) Union Territory. We also discussed development,” said Qamar Ali Akhoon, leader of the Jammu and Kashmir National Conference and Kargil Democratic Alliance (KDA).
This comes a week after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah met leaders from Jammu and Kashmir for the first since the bifurcation of the state and the abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019.
Meanwhile, the delimitation commission tasked with redrawing parliamentary and assemblies constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir will visit the Union Territory from July 6 to July 9 and interact with administrative officials, political parties and public representatives there.
The decision to visit union territory was taken after the panel held a meeting at the Election Commission office in the national capital on Wednesday.