The election to the 30-member Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) is set to take place on October 22 as per the schedule, as the filing of nominations ended yesterday.
According to the authorities involved in the electoral process, over 150 nominations have been received from candidates of the BJP, Congress, AAP and Independents. “The scrutiny of the nominations will take place on October 5, voting on October 22 and the counting will take place on October 26,” said a senior election official.
The issue relating to the Sixth Schedule began when the BJP-led current LAHDC Leh administration, in the presence of the BJP Member of Parliament (MP) Jamyang Tsering Mangyal, passed a resolution in the first week of September demanding safeguards for Ladakh under any of the provisions – Article 371 or the Sixth Schedule or domicile law
Talking to The Tribune, a senior member of the Apex Body of Peoples Movement for Sixth Schedule for Ladakh and former minister in the PDP-BJP coalition government in the erstwhile state of Jammu & Kashmir Chering Dorje Lakrook said, “Neither the Union government gave us any categorical assurance on our demand nor we have given up on this count. But after meeting the Union Home Minister Amit Shah, we realised that in the interest of the nation, particularly when our forces are engaged on the borders with hostile neighbour China, it was prudent to call off the boycott and ensure that the right message goes out to the world.”
Lakroor further said that the Union government had promised that all issues which “we have been raising” would be taken up within 15 days of the culmination of the LAHDC poll. “A delegation of the ‘Apex Body of Peoples Movement for Sixth Schedule for Ladakh’ will again go to Delhi and discuss the matters with the representatives of the Central government,” he said.
Another important leader, who is the president of the Ladakh Buddhist Association, Leh, said, the reasons for lifting the boycott of the council polls “are well known and explicitly written in the joint statement”, which was issued after the meeting of the delegation with the Union Home Minister on September 26.