SRINAGAR: The Congress has won 18 wards in Ladakh region, where Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) failed to make inroad in the Urban Local Bodies (ULB) elections held earlier this month.
The Congress made a clean sweep by winning all the 13 wards in Leh Municipal Committee (LMC) while it bagged five seats in Kargil Municipal Committee (KMC), where eight wards have gone to Independent (IND) candidates.
Officials told UNI that all the 13 Congress candidates, contesting ULB polls for LMC, were declared winners.
They said that the BJP failed to open its account in the LMC.
"In Kargil, out of 13 wards, Congress won five while eight were bagged by independent candidates," they said, adding BJP failed to to open account in Kargil as well.
Independent candidates will hold the key in electing the chairman in KMC.
The Ladakh Parliamentary constituency is represented by BJP's Thupstan Chhewang in the Lok Sabha.
However, the Congress won three of the four Assembly seats in Ladakh region during the state elections held in 2014.
The other Assembly constituency is represented by an independent MLA.
The elections did not see participation by two main regional parties, National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) besides Communist Party of India (M), who boycotted the ULB polls in Jammu and Kashmir, alleging that state and Central governments failed to clear their stand on Article 35 A.