LAHDC-Leh poll: BJP wins 15 seats, Congress 9

Compared to the 2015 results, the BJP has come down by two seats from 17 to 15 this year

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on October 26 won the majority of seats in the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Leh (LAHDC-Leh) polls, by capturing 15 out of 26 constituencies, followed by the Congress with nine seats.

The BJP managed to win most of the far off seats outside the Leh town, including six out of seven seats of the remote Nubra valley. Two Muslim faces, Ghulam Mehdi from Turtuk, and Mirza Hussain from Chuchot, were among the BJP winners.

In Khaltsi, BJP’s Lobzang Sherab defeated Jigmet Rabgais of the Congress with a thin margin of nine votes. However, in Chuchot, BJP’s Hussain defeated an independent candidate Sayeeda Bano by a margin of 735 votes.

Tsering Namgyal of the Congress defeated BJP’s P. Wangdan with the highest margin of 1,116 votes in Lower Leh.

The constituencies won by the BJP included Turtuk, Panamik, Tegar, Hunder, Diskit, Tangtse, Kungyam, Sku Markha, Thiksey, Korzok, Lingshed, Lamayuru, Martseylang, Khaltse and Chuchot.

The seats won by the Congress included Lower Leh, Upper Leh, Igoo, Saspol, Basgo, Sakti, Phyang, Skurbuchan and Temisgam. Chushul and Nyoma were two seats won by the independent candidates.

“First major victory for BJP in UT Ladakh. BJP won 15 out of 26 seats in the Leh Autonomous District Council elections. Congrats team BJP, Ladakh UT,” tweeted BJP leader Ram Madhav.

Compared to the 2015 results, the BJP has come down by two seats from 17 to 15 this year.

Around eight BJP Union ministers campaigned for the council polls of Leh, with a population of 1.33 lakh.

The campaign for the polls was dominated by the demand for the Sixth Schedule status to protect local demography, jobs and land and legislative powers to the LAHDC-Leh. The BJP has backed the demand to grant a fresh special status to the region.

It was the first ever polls conducted for the council since Ladakh was carved out as a Union Territory (UT) last year. The polls, in which electronic voting machines (EVMs) were employed for the first time, were held in the backdrop of the India-China border face-off and ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

It was also for the first time that no National Conference (NC) or the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) participated in the elections. Meanwhile, the new entrant Aam Aadmi Party failed to bag any seat in the region.

Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, Member Parliament and BJP president in Ladakh, in a tweet, said, “The BJP will form LAHDC-Leh once again.”

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