Ladakh MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal on Monday hailed the Union government’s decision to amend Article 370 and grant his constituency Union Territory status, saying it will usher in development and strengthen border security.
Both decisions are in the interest of the country and will help the development of Jammu and Ladakh regions, while ridding the state of rules by two families, a reference to the Abdullah and Mufti clans, he told reporters.
It is also in the interest of common Kashmiris, the BJP MP said.
Mr. Namgyal said the decision was necessary for Jammu and Kashmir’s overall development and is in national interest as it will strengthen the border security.
People of Ladakh had been demanding a Union Territory status for the region since 1948 as they were always discriminated against by “Kashmir-centric leaders”, he said.
He said protests by parties like the National Conference and the Peoples Democratic Party should be ignored as he accused them of considering the State their “family business”.