Thupstan Chhewang, who recently resigned as Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Ladakh, and from membership of the party, Monday accused the central government and previous BJP-PDP government in Jammu and Kashmir of doing nothing in four years for Ladakh region.
In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP National President Amit Shah, he said the BJP failed to fulfil the poll promises made during 2014 Lok Sabha elections despite absolute majority and it has become difficult for him to answer the people who elected him as an MP.
The former MP rubbished the claims of BJP state president Ravinder Raina who had said that Chhewang resigned for the post and party to opt for a spiritual path.
“Central leaders exhibited little concern for implementing the categorical assurance given at the time of 2014 elections that the demand of the Ladakh region for a Union Territory status would be met within six months. As a local representative my position increasingly became morally and politically untenable,” Thupstan Chhewang wrote to PM Modi.
“We exposed ourselves to the charge of making false promises even on such sentimental issues as the inclusion of the Bhoti language in the Eighth Schedule of the Indian Constitution,” he writes, adding, “For last four years I kept on writing to almost all party leaders and also spoke in the national executive meetings reminding all about our commitments to the region but all pleas fell on deaf ears.”
Accusing central party leader in charge of Jammu and Kashmir (Ram Madhav) and the current state leadership for wasting resources and for debacle in Kargil Hill Council elections, Thupstan Chhewang said, “I felt that I had no choice but to keep away from their thoughtless actions in our region. It was strange that they decided to contest all seats wasting party money and thus diverting resources, energy and attention from about half a dozen seats where the party had a winning chance while it had no base in the rest of the Kargil district.”
“The Chief Executive Councillor of the Leh Hill Council has recently been unceremoniously dropped much to the anger and anguish of the party loyalists- all these measures have left the local workers in a state of disarray. These are examples of the total absence of application of mind with the 2019 Parliamentary elections round the corner.”
“I had decided to keep my resignation from the party and the Lok Sabha in low key as my intention was never to score political points. However, I am constrained to give vent to my feelings now in view of the propaganda being indulged by the state party president, Ravinder Raina, about my writing letters to the party’s Central leaders ‘for the past around one year’ expressing my willingness to quit active politics and opting for spiritual isolation. This is far from truth.”
“I have never met Ravinder Raina after he becomes state party president nor he cared to see me since his elevation,” he claimed.