Despite the fact that the sole MP from Ladakh belongs to Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party, Congress won the Shey-Thiksay seat in the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC), which runs the key district of Leh. The election which were held last month, went unnoticed by national media, but it is a further warning bell for the BJP.
On June 7, few weeks right after PM Modi’s visit to the region, the saffron party faced an unexpected defeat. Congress managed to get his hands on the Shey-Thiksay Council seat, which the party had never won in history. The seat was left vacant following the demise of senior BJP leader and chief executive councillor of the LAHDC Sonam Dawa in January.
The BJP’s Shey-Thiksay poll loss came after crucial May 28 by-elections, in which the party only managed to win three out of four assembly and 10 parliamentary seats in different parts of the country.