Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday referred to the BJP’s landslide victory in the recently concluded Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) polls to claim that the results will have an impact in the ongoing Assembly elections in Bihar.
On a whirlwind tour of Bihar on Sunday where the Prime Minister addressed four rallies, Modi referred to party’s victory and Congress’s drubbing in Ladakh local polls in at least two rallies, and said that BJP trounced every party in Ladakh despite having 90 per cent minority population (Buddhists).
“Dekhiye, Himalay mein barf varsha hoti hai, toh Bihar mein thand aati hai ya nahi aati hai? (If it snows in Himalaya, doesn’t Bihar feel the chill?” he said, and added: “Two days ago, there was an election in Ladakh-Leh. Only BJP won. The Congress that had 22 seats, it came down to five.”
Bihar would also celebrate two Diwalis, like Ladakh, this year, Modi said at a rally in Nalanda.
On Friday, after the results were out, Prime Minister had tweeted: “Delighted at the results of Ladakh Hill Council Polls. My gratitude to people for placing their faith in BJP. Congrats to BJP Karyakartas.”
Of the 26 council seats, the BJP won 18, while the Congress won four — down from 22, the NC won on two and one seat went to an Independent candidate. Though all the big four parties were contesting the poll, it was a direct contest between the Congress and the BJP.
The local poll results came as a shot in the arm of the BJP, which had won the Ladakh Lok Sabha seat in May last year, but lost both the Assembly seats in the region to the Congress few months later. “People here preferred our candidates as they want development of the area on the modern lines as promised by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” said J&K BJP spokesperson Arun Gupta.
The Congress accused the BJP of playing “emotional card” by promising Union Territory status to the region. “Now, it is to be seen how BJP will fulfil this promise,” said J&K Congress chief Ghulam Ahmad Mir.
[With ENS inputs, Patna]