JAMMU: A jubilant BJP today asserted that the party has "written a new chapter" in Ladakh after sweeping the 26-member Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Leh (LAHDC) elections today.
Hiting Hitting out at its critique, the saffron party said that they are not confined to two-and-a-half districts of Jammu, rather they now have a "strong hold" in all three regions of Jammu, Ladakh and Kashmir.
"Those who had been preaching that BJP is a party confined to two and half districts of Jammu, should now accept the ground reality that it has its strong holds in Jammu, Ladakh and Kashmir, while Congress and NC are losing ground after every election", Member of Parliament Shamsher Singh Manhas told reporters here.
BJP swept the LAHDC elections, bagging 17 of the 24 seats for which results have been declared so far. Congress, which had a strong presence in the last Council, managed only four seats this time while National Conference got one. One seat was won by an Independent.
The BJP state unit celebrated the party's victory by distributing sweets and dancing to the tunes of drum beats at party headquarters here.
Manhas noted that the results have reassured the people that BJP is a force to reckon with along the length and breadth of Jammu and Kashmir.
"BJP has written a new chapter in Ladakh and the credit for the same goes to the policies of Narendra Modi-led NDA government and the ideology and principles of BJP as we have stood with the people of Ladakh during all these years when Congress and NC only played vote bank politics," he said.
He added that the party's organizational setup in Ladakh has put its best in making the victory possible besides the participation of party's national leaders, state leadership, ministers, MLAs, MLCs during the campaigning.