6th Leh council: Oath ceremony coincides with first anniv of UT status to Ladakh
The 26 newly-elected councillors of the sixth Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC)-Leh will be administered oath of office and secrecy on Saturday, which coincides with the first anniversary of Ladakh’s conversion into a union territory without legislature.
Additional district commissioner Sonam Chosjor said, “All 26 councillors will be administered oath by principal district and sessions judge Ranbir Singh Jasrotia at Sindhu Sanskriti Kendra at 9.30am on Saturday.”
Chosjor added that thereafter, the chief executive councillor and deputy chief executive councillor will be elected. The term of fifth LAHDC-Leh will end on Friday.
After the oath-taking ceremony, celebrations will be held to mark the first anniversary of the UT status to Ladakh. On October 31, 2019, Ladakh was made a UT without legislature while J&K was converted into UT with legislature.
The people of Leh have been demanding constitutional safeguards under sixth schedule and on September 28, former BJP minister and ex-president of the BJP’s Ladakh unit, Chering Dorjay, had cautioned the Centre of a sustained campaign in case the apex body was hoodwinked.
The apex body of People’s Movement, an apolitical body which has former BJP MP Thupstan Chhewang, Dorjay, Thiksay monastery head Rinpoche Nawang Chamba Stanzin and former minister Nawang Rigzin Jora, has been demanding constitutional safeguards under sixth schedule of the Constitution to Ladakh on the lines of north-eastern states of having constitutional safeguards under sixth schedule of the Constitution. Home minister Amit Shah had then given an assurance to the delegation that later withdrew its call to boycott the polls.