BJP, Congress call for LAHDC election boycott

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SRINAGAR — With the 6th General Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) election round the corner, the apex body formed in Ladakh Union Territory Tuesday called for a complete poll boycott stating that it won’t take part in the electoral process.

An apex body of veteran leaders, people from the ruling BJP, religious heads, and student bodies was formed earlier to demand sixth schedule to protect the region’s jobs, rights, land, environment, and rich culture and to prevent mass migration.

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The combined apex body for people’s movement on Tuesday unanimously announced the poll boycott and urged all fight together for the rights of the region and refrain from the electoral process unless the demand for the sixth schedule is met.

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In a written statement, leaders of 12 different political, religious, and student bodies have unanimously called for a boycott of the forthcoming 6th LADHC polls scheduled to be held in October next month.

The poll boycott joint statement was also signed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Leh district president Nawang Sawstan, whose party is currently ruling the region.

The apex body said: “The apex body of people’s movement for the sixth schedule for Ladakh, unanimously resolved to boycott the ensuing 6th LADHC Leh election till such time the Constitutional safeguard under 6th schedule on the line of Bodo territorial Council is not extended to Ladakh UT and its people.”

It includes leaders like Thiksey Khenpo Rinpoche former RS member, Thupstan Chhewang former MP, Chering Dorjay former minister, P.T Kunzang president Ladakh Buddhist Association, Nawang Samstan district Leh BJP president, and others.

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Earlier, three political parties that include, BSP, AAP, and Congress had advised the administration to postpone the sixth general election in view of the border tension and regular spike in COVID-19 cases in Leh.

The demand for sixth schedule in Ladakh took shape almost a year after the region was bifurcated from the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir and created as a separate Union Territory.

Former CEC, Rigzin Spalbar, who is also known as the top Buddhist leader in the region earlier has also called for a poll boycott in view of the demand for the sixth schedule.

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