Ladakh MP emotional speech attracted cheers in LS

BJP member from Ladakh, Jamyang Tsering Namagyal’s emotional intervention in Lok Sabha in the debate on a motion to abrogate special status to J-K and split the state into two Union Terrotories, has attracted cheers by most of the members in the house today.

His intervention in the Lok Sabha drew applause from the treasury benches, including Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh and other ministers, as he took on not just the Congress but also the regional parties of the region. He has earned the praise of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his speech in Lok Sabha on Tuesday on a motion to abrogate special status given to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370.

Namgyal asserted that people of Ladakh had been fighting for UT status for the last seven decades.  “If Ladakh is today under-developed, then Article 370 and Congress party are responsible for it,” the MP said.

In a tweet later, the prime minister said the Ladakh BJP MP coherently presented aspirations of people of the region in his speech.

“My young friend, Jamyang Tseing Namgyal who is @MPLadakh delivered an outstdanding speech in the Lok Sabha while discussing key bills on J&K. He coherently presents the aspirations of our sisters and brothers from Ladakh. It is a must hear,” Modi said in the tweet amgyal’s speech in the lower house.

“I am very glad that a lot of people referred to Ladakh, Leh and Kargil in their speeches but I want to know that do they really know what Ladakh is? In the last seven decades, Ladakh was not embraced, it was thrown in one corner and there were statements in this House that it was that land where not one speck of grass grows,” he said while beginning his speech in the House.

“We have struggled for 71 years to make Ladakh a union territory and to be a part of India. The earlier governments gave us no audience and never tried to understand us. Under Kashmir, our development, our political aspiration, our identity, our language – if all of this got lost it is because of Article 370 and the Congress party is responsible for that,” he added.

Namgyal, 34, is a first-time Lok Sabha member, recollected that “The district presidents in Leh of NC and PDP signed a memorandum of union territory, they were thrown out of the party by issuing a press release. And today, these people talk about democracy – was that your democracy which was about shutting down people,” he added.

He said adding that if Article 370 is implemented only two families will lose their job and at the same time Kashmir will have a bright future. He added that people in both Kargil and Ladakh have supported it being a union territory.

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