The decision puts Ladakh at power with other UTs in India which do not have a legislature, including Lakshwadweep, Daman & Diu, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Chandigarh and Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Shah stated, “The Ladakh Division of the State of Jammu & Kashmir has a large area but is sparsely populated with a very difficult terrain. There has been a long pending demand of the people of Ladakh, to give it a status of a Union Territory to enable them to realize their aspirations. The Union Territory of Ladakh will be without Legislature.” Because of the situation in the valley, the upliftment of people has been neglected. According to experts, this bifurcation will aid the same.
Currently, the state of Jammu and kashmir observes a heavy and strictly punctuated lockdown as its fate continues to be discussed in the Parliament. Many top leaders of the J&K administration are under house arrest. Mehbooba Mufti, Omar Abdullah and Sajad Lone, significant politicians in J&K, were put under unprecedented house arrest after Sunday midnight. Internet, mobile phones and landlines are under restrictions in many parts of the area. There is an alarming increase in security which has made the situation extremely volatile.
Netizens all across social media have taken up various hashtags such as #standwithkashmir and #redforkashmir to fight for Kashmiri citizens and political leaders to be granted the use of their rightful voice and vote to decide the future of their state.
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