People protest for Ladakh's statehood and sixth schedule
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SRINAGAR — The call for a bandh resonated strongly in Leh as various religious organizations rallied for the cause of Ladakh’s special status.

Led by prominent figures including Nawang Dorje Lacrook and Sonam Wangchuk from the Leh Apex Body, hundreds gathered in support of implementing the Sixth Schedule in Ladakh to safeguard its unique culture and environment.

According to the news agency KNO, despite talks between Home Ministry officials and Ladakh’s public representatives yielding no positive outcomes, Leh witnessed a significant shutdown on Thursday.

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Business establishments remained closed, and the streets were devoid of their usual hustle and bustle. Public transportation services came to a standstill, although private vehicles were still seen plying the roads. However, government offices continued operations unaffected by the bandh.

The onset of an indefinite hunger strike by renowned environmentalist and innovator Sonam Wangchuk at the NDS Stadium further underscored the intensity of the demands put forth by Ladakh’s populace. The hunger strike commenced following a massive rally that saw participation from across Leh.

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Addressing the gathering, Leh Apex Body members Nawang Dorje Lacrook and Sonam Wangchuk reiterated the urgent need for implementing the Sixth Schedule in Ladakh. They emphasized that such measures were essential for the preservation of Ladakh’s distinct cultural heritage and pristine environment.

Representatives from Ladakh expressed disappointment, claiming that their demands, including statehood, full implementation of the Sixth Schedule, the establishment of a Public Service Commission, and an additional parliamentary seat for Kargil, were not addressed adequately.

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