May 2019 News

Nirmala, Khandu To Hold Rally In Ladakh

2 May 2019
The Tribune

Jammu: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu will conclude the BJP's election campaign in the Ladakh region when they address a mega 'Progressive Ladakh' rally at Polo Ground in Leh on May 4, the last day of campaigning. The Ladakh seat, with over 1.74 lakh voters, will go to the polls on May 6. The BJP, which has again made the Union Territory (UT) status to the Ladakh region as its main poll plank, claimed that 'the UT status to the region is not a political issue, but it is directly related to the national security given the two hostile neighbouring countries - China and Pakistan - share borders with Ladakh'. 'The Defence Minister and Pema Khandu will address a mega Progressive Ladakh rally on May 4. For us, the UT status is not a political issue, but it is directly linked to the national security in view of two hostile neighbours - China and Pakistan,' said Ravinder Raina, state BJP president. Raina claimed that the grant of the divisional status to Ladakh was the first step to achieve the long-pending demand of Ladakh people for the UT status. 'We are fully committed in this direction,' he said. Meanwhile, Congress rebel and former MLA from Kargil Asgar Ali Karbalai, who is contesting as an Independent candidate, held a rally in Kargil. He lashed out at the opponents for doing injustice to Kargil. On the other hand, the Kargil unit of the National Conference has taken a swipe at state Congress president Ghulam Ahmad Mir for his 'misleading and baseless' allegations against the party, claiming 'he is trying to revive the lost ground in the Anantnag parliamentary constituency through such comments'. The NC rubbished his charge that it (NC) was supporting the BJP-backed Independent candidate in Ladakh and questioned him for the dubious role being played by the Congress in the region. In a statement, Murtaza Ali, NC's district chief media coordinator, Kargil, questioned the Congress president as why his party had fielded two candidates from the Ladakh seat - Rigzin Spalbar and proxy candidate Haji Asgar Ali Karbalai. 'The Congress chief must explain as why no action has been initiated against Karbalai if the party has dissociated itself from him,' he asked.