Leh, Sep 23: The merchant association, Leh, as mark of protest against the statement of BJP leader Ashok Koul has decided to observe half day bandh tomorrow and strongly condemning it terming it as irresponsible.
In statement to News agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), the association said: “To condemn the unacceptable/irresponsible statement given by Ashok Kaul BJP General Secretary in regards to LAHDC Leh election boycott called by Apex Body Peoples Movement for Sixth Schedule for Ladakh yesterday, Merchant Association Leh in support of Apex Body has decided to observe half day bandh on 24 Sep 2020.”
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), who earlier advised the administration to postpone the LAHDC election in view of the spike in COVID cases in Leh, has also condemned the statement of Ashok Koul.
In a statement the party president said that, “The remarks like ‘Bakwas and nonsense is highly condemnable and it is a very shameful and unacceptable opinion and people of Ladakh will never tolerate such interferences in internal affairs.”
District Congress committee (DCC), leh in a statement issued to KNO also condemned the statement of ashok Koul and said he should take back his words and seek Unconditional apology from the people of Ladakh.
The remarks of BJP, General secretary, Ashok Koul has evoked wide resentment with people including the students body showing serious resentment against it and demanding 6th Schedule for the region besides the complete poll boycott.