The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) secured fifteen seats out of the total twenty six seats, winning the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) election on Monday. The Congress won nine seats, while independent candidates secured two seats.
This was the first election of the Hill Council after the Centre on August 5, 2019, abrogated the special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated it into Union Territories – Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
BJP president JP Nadda termed the party’s victory, as historic. “Gratitude to the people of Ladakh for their faith in BJP,” he tweeted and congratulated party leaders and workers.
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.
— Jagat Prakash Nadda (@JPNadda) October 26, 2020
This is the second time the BJP has won the hill council elections. The BJP grasped control from the Congress in the last elections for the first time by winning eighteen out of the twenty six seats. Leh recorded a 65.07% voter turnout in the hill council or LAHDC elections, according to PTI.