A day after he was lauded by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his speech in the Parliament on Central Government’s decision to revoke Article 370, BJP MP from Ladakh Jamyang Tsering Namgyal has become a social media sensation so much so that he asked his fans he “cannot accept any more friend requests ” on Facebook.
He has asked his fans to like his page instead so that they can receive regular updates from him.
Namgyal, during the debate in Parliament, said that the people of Ladakh have been fighting for Union Territory status for the last seventy years.
He strongly supported the Central Government’s move over bifurcation of J&K into two union territories — Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir.
He blamed the Congress and Article 370 for the state of affairs in Ladakh, which is considered to have been “underdeveloped” even after seven decades.
He had also lashed out at former chief ministers of J&K — Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah — who had opposed the Centre’s decision in strong words. Namgyal accused the former CMs to contest elections when it were there posts in question, while the Panchayat elections were not contested.
He took a swipe at the Gandhis, Abdullahs as well as Sayeeds, who had ruled Jammu and Kashmir since Independence, saying that they think “Kashmir is their ancestral property but that is no longer true”.
The young politician, who started his career in 2012 as a caretaker of a BJP office in Leh, trended on social media soon after he spoke in Lok Sabha.
Namgyal’s speech went viral on social media with PM Modi coming out in praise of the young parliamentarian.
Mr Modi tweeted Namgyal’s speech was a “must hear” and that it perfectly sums up ‘the aspirations of our sisters and brothers from Ladakh”.
Home minister Amit Shah also praised the young MP for his speech saying it was “full of facts” that are telling of the aspirations of the Ladakh people.
However, Namgyal says his speech was not aimed to attract praise on social media. He tweeted that he only spoke “#MannKiBaat” of the Ladakh people.
My parliament speech on UT Ladakh and Art. 370 was not done for any praise or for get it to viral. I just spoke the #MaanKiBaat of the lovely people of Ladakh.
— Jamyang Tsering Namgyal (@MPLadakh) August 7, 2019