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LAHDC elections: Warning signal for ‘arrogant’ Saffron Brigade
10/28/2020 12:48:45 AM

Early Times Report

Jammu, Oct 27: Although BJP leadership is putting up a brave-face after declaration of the results of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) Leh elections, out-come of the poll is a warning signal for the Saffron Brigade as the Congress is on the revival path in the mountainous region. Secondly despite utilizing all its resources including pumping huge funds the BJP has failed to retain its previous tally of 17 seats.
Important to mention here out of the total 26 seats of the LAHDC, BJP won 15-just two more than the simple majority but the party has won two seats just a narrow margin of 9 and 67 votes. BJP candidate Lobzang Sherab won Khaltsi seat by a margin of only 9 votes. Similarly party candidate from Sku Markha, Sonam Nurboo defeated his rival by just 67 votes. Another BJP candidate, Thingles Nurboon from Kungyam seat, won by just 133 votes.
“It is a warning signal because after granting UT status to Ladakh and initiating various developmental projects in the mountainous region, the party has failed to even retain its previous position when we won 17 seats”, a senior BJP leader told The Early Times, wishing anonymity. He made it a point to mention that central leadership was directly monitoring elections from Delhi and four union ministers were deputed in the elections along with one national general secretary of the party. “BJP spent huge amounts in the elections but the outcome is not up to the expectations”, he said.
BJP has reasons to be worried because the party has lost both the seats of Leh city. In the Upper-Leh seat Congress candidate won by just 36 votes but the runner-up was an independent candidate not BJP. On Lower-Leh seat, Tsering Namgyal of Congress defeated BJP candidate, P Wangdon by highest ever margin of 1116 votes.
Congress, on the other hand, appeared to be satisfied with its performance as the party has not only doubled its tally but also effectively fought BJP’s central leadership. Unlike BJP, not even a single Congress leader from centre visited Ladakh during elections as local leadership has taken the responsibility on its own.
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