BJP President JP Nadda on Monday termed BJP's victory in Leh Autonomous Hill Development Council election as historic after the party won 15 out of 26 seats. The election on 26 seats was held on Thursday. BJP, Congress, AAP and independent candidates had contested the elections.
Taking to Twitter, JP Nadda said, "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."
In the 26 seat Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council election, the BJP has won 15 seats, Congress has won 9 and Independent candidates have won 2 seats. The election was held on Thursday.
A three-tier security cover was put in place for counting of votes for the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) on Monday, officials said.
All the electronic voting machines (EVMs) and ballot boxes used for the voting on October 22 were moved to the strong room in presence of the political parties and their candidates, they said.
Out of 89,776 registered voters, around 65 per cent of the electorate had exercised their franchise in 294 polling stations spread across 26 constituencies in Leh district on Thursday to decide the fate of 94 candidates, including 26 each of the BJP and the Congress.
Though the Aam Aadmi Party tried its luck for the first time in the polls by fielding 19 candidates, it didn't meet any fortune. Whereas, the regional parties including National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), chose to stay away from the election.
To ensure full proof security, CCTV cameras were installed in and outside the counting hall, while the strong room was guarded by the CRPF round-the-clock. An adequate number of police personnel were also deployed for maintenance of law and order, the official said.
(With inputs from PTI)