Jammu: Asserting Jammu, Ladakh and Kashmir regions are different from each other in terms of demography, geography and climatic conditions, the BSP on Monday batted strongly for re-organisation of Jammu and Kashmir by carving out separate states and a union territory from the state.

 "We make a strong demand for re-organisation of the state to ensure equilateral development in three regions of Jammu and Kashmir", BSP national general secretary and MP Narinder Kashyap told reporters here on Monday.

Jammu and Kashmir regions should be given separate status of states and Ladakh be made a Union Territory to ensure equilateral development and economic activity in the three regions, he said.

To ensure equilateral development, Kashyap said, there is a need for re-organisation of the state for equal opportunity in governance and economic activities. He said the people of Jammu and Ladakh regions have been always been making complaints and resorting to protests over regional discrimination with them.

The BSP leader said the state has three separate regions of Jammu, Ladakh and Kashmir, which are totally different from each other in terms of geographical area, climate and demographical status. Kashmir and Jammu enjoy six months status of capitals and the governance apparatus of Civil Secretariat, Legislature and other offices but Ladakh is totally neglected, Kashyap alleged.

He demanded that the state Legislature pass a resolution for re-organisation of the state and send it to the central government.

The BSP leader also said that Dr B R Ambedkar had said in 1952 when the first government was set up at the Centre that the Jammu and Kashmir problem will become a sore point for the country, and I agreed with it. Dr Ambedkar had also batted for creation of smaller states for ensuring speedy development and economic growth, Kashyap said.

The BSP supremo Mayawati influenced by this view point had passed a resolution in the UP Assembly for carving four states out of UP and sent the resolution to the central government, he added. Kashyap said he had raised the issue of reorganization strongly also in the Rajya Sabha.

(Agencies)

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