The Bharatiya Janata Party’s promise for a union territory status for Ladhak scripted success for the party in the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) elections, in which it won 18 of 26 seats. The BJP candidate Sonam Dawa Lonpo has been elected as the Chief Executive Councilor.
Dawa told this paper that his focus will be to improve road connectivity and to secure a UT status for Ladakh. “We have won on the promise of development and UT status and I will work hard for it,” Dawa said. He said he has asked the BJP’s central leadership for the grant of funds to improve roads, health care and education. He was promised by BJP general secretary Ram Mahdav, who was present at his oath taking ceremony, that he will get full support of the party for implementing the promises made to the people. Dawa said the BJP has got a historic opportunity to serve Ladakh and that he would not disappoint the people of Ladakh. BJP has come to power in Leh council for the first time since it was formed by the central government in 1995 when Jammu and Kashmir was under central rule. The Congress, which had ruled LAHDC for years, was pushed to the margins with only five seats.