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Farooq Abdullah hits out at Centre, governor admin over administrative hq in Leh

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

National Conference (NC) Wednesday lashed out at the Centre and the S P Malik-led administration, saying the people were being "denied" their rightful share in the newly constituted division.

Abdullah said the people of Kargil were "being punished only to pursue the agenda of divisive politics".

"All along, it was decided that the division headquarter will be positioned on a rotational basis between Leh and Kargil and all the departments to be divided equally between the two districts. But the incumbent government issuing an SRO in favour of only one district has severely dented the genuine aspirations of people in Kargil and adjoining areas," he said.

Asserting that the decision was taken keeping in mind the upcoming Lok Sabha and the assembly elections, the said the BJP in "desperation is misusing the administration who, without taking cognizance of the aspirations of the people in Kargil, is acting like a pawn".

"However, this move is bound to backfire on them and will certainly not (help) them in achieving the desired goals, but will inevitably create animosity between the communities," Abdullah, from Srinagar, said.

Demanding the revocation of SRO 110 immediately, he said the way people of Kargil have come out in freezing temperatures and protested against the decision should serve as an eye opener for those who have "whimsically decided on keeping the division headquarters at Leh only".

Taking a dig at the recent constitution of a committee of secretaries by the government mandated to look into the demands of the people of Kargil, he said when the decision to grant division status to was taken, no prior discussions or deliberations were held with people of the region.

"A number of deputations have already conveyed their desire to have headquarters on rotational basis between Leh and Kargil. Unfortunately, such demands were not considered for reasons known to the administration. This shows how biased and politically motivated the administration is," the said.

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First Published: Wed, February 13 2019. 22:10 IST