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Comma’, Not ‘Full Stop’: Sonam Wangchuk as Climate Fast halted

Comma’, Not ‘Full Stop’: Sonam Wangchuk as Climate Fast halted

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LEH: The Leh Apex Body (LAB) spearheading the protest along with the Kargil Democratic Alliance over the demands of Ladakh’s inclusion into the 6th schedule and grant of Statehood to the union territory on Friday temporarily suspended the ongoing climate fast after 66 days, in view of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.

Noted social activist Sonam Wangchuk, who had commenced this climate fast in support of the Leh Apex Body and the Kargil Democratic Alliance–the two socio-political organisations leading the protest over the demands, said that this temporary suspension is a comma, and not a full stop.

“A total of seventy thousand people have come here to extend their support to our struggle over the last two months,” Wangchuk said, addressing the people gathered here on the last day of climate fast.

A group of people from Rajasthan, Bihar and Gujarat also joined the last day of climate fast.

“This (temporary suspension) is not the end. This is not the full stop. This is a comma. We have decided to halt the fast in view of May 20 elections in Ladakh. We don’t want to impact the election in any way,” Wangchuk said.

“This halt is only till a new government is elected in New Delhi. A decision on the future course of Climate Fast will be taken after election results on June 4. Hopefully, the new government will fulfil the demands of Ladakh, else we will have to resume our fast,” he said.

Wangchuk had commenced his climate fast on March 6 in support of the Leh Apex Body and the Kargil Democratic Alliance demanding Ladakh’s inclusion into the 6th schedule and grant of Statehood to the union territory, after their talks with the MHA officials and union Home Ministry failed to yield any positive outcome.

Wangchuk’s 21-day-long hunger strike ended on March 26, but the climate fast continued with chain hunger strike by women, youths, religious leaders and elders across the union territory.

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