One day after Combine of National Conference (NC) and Congress won Ladakh Hill Autonomous Development Council (LAHDC) In Kargil, party vice-president Omar Abdullah told The Indian Express on Monday that it was “very clear in the run-up to the elections” that the two parties would share seats.
He said the position of chief executive councilor would go to both “on a rotating basis”, adding that there would be “two executive councilors each” from the two parties. The executive body of LAHDC is made up of four executive councilors and a council headed by a chief executive councillor.
Since the NC is the largest party after winning 12 seats, Abdullah said the party will take up the post of executive councilor first. He would be followed by Congress, with its 10 seats.
Currently, there are two independents in the new council whom Congress is trying to woo to its side. If they did, both parties would then have 12 councilors each.
But Omar said “this wouldn’t work,” stating that the terms of the agreement had been worked out long before the mandate and that it was decided that the parties would hold office for two and a half years each.
Abdullah lashed out at the Center and the Election Commission of India (ECI) for “delaying the elections” to the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly.
The former J&K CM referred to Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar’s statement at a press conference on Monday, where he said that the J&K Assembly elections will be considered “at the appropriate time”.
“It is unfortunate that even today they say that it is necessary to consider other factors. I want to ask you, what are these factors? We feel that there is only one factor, which is fear,” said Omar.
Abdullah added that the BJP was “earlier hiding behind the Raj Bhavan” and “now it is hiding behind the EC”.
“Instead of taking its decisions independently, the EC is taking instructions from the BJP,” he said.
Abdullah also questioned the state of internal security in J&K since the abrogation of Article 370.
“Since August 5, 2019, the situation is expected to have changed in Kashmir. If this is true, then let us know what are the factors responsible for denying the people of J&K their democratic right to a government?
He went on to ask why J&K, which has not had an elected government since 2019, could not hold elections if five other states in the country (Mizoram, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Telangana will vote in November) can hold timely elections. .
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Abdullah said the BJP has been claiming that bifurcation of J&K “was the dream and desire of the people of Ladakh”.
“It has now become clear that the people of Kargil have not accepted the separation of Ladakh from J&K.” He said this election was “less about development and more about August 5, 2019.”
Saying that the BJP could “suggest that the mandate (in LAHDC) was a result of Kargil’s Muslim majority demographic”, he asked: “Was Ladakh separated only on religious grounds? If you see it that way, I would like to remind you that Buddhist voters did not choose the BJP either.”