The Bharatiya Janata Party has won the 6th Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council Elections, which was held on 22 October. The BJP secured its win over 15 out of 26 seats, while Congress managed to secure only nine seats and two seats were won by independent candidates. This was the first election of the council after Ladakh was turned into Union territory.
BJP National President Shri Jagat Prakash Naada took to twitter and wrote “BJP’s victory in Leh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Leh election is historic. BJP has won 15 out of 26 seats. I congratulate Shri @Jtnbjp and all karyakartas of @BJP4Ladakh unit. Gratitude to the people of Ladakh for their faith in BJP.”
Union Home Minister Shri Amit shah congratulating BJP workers said in his tweet “BJP’s landslide victory in Leh Autonomous Hill Development Council elections clearly reflects Ladakh’s unwavering trust in BJP and PM @narendramodi’s leadership. I thank people of Ladakh for choosing development & prosperity. Congratulations to our karyakartas of @BJP4Ladakh.”
The Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) is an autonomous district council that administers the Leh district of Ladakh. The council was constituted in accordance with the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council Act, 1995. LAHDC-Leh has a total of 30 seats and four councilors are nominated by the government. Besides the Congress and BJP, the Aam Admi Party (AAP) also tried its luck for the first time by fielding 19 candidates, while the rest of the 23 contestants were independents. Regional parties including National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chose to stay away from the election. Since the formation of the Hill Council in 1995, the Congress had swept the polls thrice, while the Ladakh Union Territorial Front had won the elections in 2005. The BJP wrested control of the council from Congress for the first time in the last elections by winning 18 out of 26 seats.
BJP Sweeps Silvassa Municipal Council Elections
The BJP has swept the Silvassa Municipal Council in the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli (DNH) by winning 11 out of the 15 seats. The result was declared on November 10. Earlier, Congress was at helm of affairs in Silvassa Municipal Council.
With this victory, BJP rules both the Municipal Councils in the Union Territory of Daman and DNH with clear majority. In the Daman Municipal Council, the BJP managed to win eight seats, five seats were won by independents, while the Congress won only two seats.