Sri Lankan PM welcomes Centre’s move to confer UT status on Ladakh


Colombo, Aug 6: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Tuesday welcomed the Central government's move to confer Union Territory status on Ladakh, a region with a Buddhist majority.
Taking to Twitter, Wickremesinghe said, "I understand Ladakh will finally become a Union Territory. With over 70% Buddhist it will be the first Indian state with a Buddhist majority." The Sri Lankan PM added that Ladakh's creation as a Union Territory and its consequential restructuring is "India's internal matter".
The Jammu and Kashmir (Reorganisa-tion) Bill, 2019, which strips Jammu and Kashmir's status of a state and converts it into a Union Territory with legislature and carving out Ladakh region as a UT without legislature, was passed in a division pressed by the Oppo-sition with 125 votes in favour and 61 against, and an NCP member abstaining. (ANI)

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