Cong Gets Majority In LAHDC Kargil

Cong Gets Majority In LAHDC Kargil

1 September 2013
The Daily Excelsior
Neeraj Rohmetra

Jammu: In what could be termed as reversal of roles, Congress party is all set to replace its coalition partner National Conference (NC) as head of the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC), Kargil, with the party claiming to have obtained majority in the 26 member body. Reliable sources told EXCELSIOR that Congress party, which had won 10 seats in the keenly contested election, has secured support of five other independents thereby increasing their joint tally to 15 and will be submitting their formal claim before the Deputy Commission Kargil tomorrow morning. Congress party has made significant gains in these Hill Council elections as it has managed to almost double its tally. Congress led alliance, which earlier had only 8 seats has been able to increase its tally to 15, while as NC led alliance which earlier had 18 seats has been reduced to 11. For National Conference, eight persons won on party mandate while three others have extended their support. Confirming that Congress had manage to get majority in the LAHDC, Kargil polls, PCC (I) chief Saif-ud-Din Soz told EXCELSIOR from New Delhi, “the party has managed to rope in five independents, thereby taking the total tally of Congress-led alliance to 15. The newly constituted Council would steadfastly work for the development of the region under the Congress led alliance”. “Former CEC Asgar Ali Karblaie, who won on Congress mandate from Pashkum would be heading the Hill Council”, said the JKPCC(I) chief. Elated over the success of his party, Mr Karblaie said, “we would be submitting the details of our Concillors to the Deputy Commission tomorrow”, adding, “five independents who chose to side with the Congress party included Syed Hasan Arman, Advocate Mohammad Amir, Mohsin Ali, Sheikh Hussain and Mohammad Hussain”. After the Congress-led alliance submits to the District Magistrate the list of its members, the same would be forwarded to the State Government. Subsequently, the Government would issue a formal notification for formation of Council to be followed by oath taking ceremony. Meanwhile, Commissioner Secretary, Ladakh Affairs Department has also sent formal information to District Session Judge Kargil, Tahir Khurshid Raina informing him of his appointment as formal official for administering oath to the newly elected Hill Council members. The recently concluded LAHDC, Kargil polls had witnessed a direct contest between the two coalition partners - National Conference and Congress and the process has to be culminated tomorrow as per rules. Two main Opposition parties, PDP and BJP, who had contested majority of seats for third election to LAHDC Kargil, drew a blank like the outgoing body in which National Conference had 18 seats and Congress 8. Both the alliance partners-National Conference and Congress were locked in a neck-to-neck battle after having won 10 and 8 seats respectively while the Independent candidates secured six other seats in the keenly contested election for 26 seats LAHDC, Kargil. Two candidates had won uncontested in the polls and one of them was supported by NC. Lok Sabha member from Ladakh Parliamentary constituency, Ghulam Hassan Khan won as Councilor from Silmoo seat on National Conference mandate while sitting Chief Executive Councilor Kachoo Ahmad Ali Khan won as Independent candidate, backed by National Conference, from Yourbaltok seat with impressive margins. Former CEC Asgar Ali Karblaie won on Congress mandate from Pashkum. Of 26 elected seats in LAHDC Kargil, election was held for 24 seats on August 22 as two Independent candidates had already been elected unopposed. The LAHDC Kargil has strength of 30. Twenty-six of them are elected while the Government had the powers to nominate four members of different categories to the Council. However, the nominated members didn’t have the voting right. Though National Conference and Congress were coalition partners in the State Government, both had contested elections against each other and in fact were involved in very close fight for capturing power in LAHDC Kargil, which had come into effect in 2003 and this was third election of the Council having a term of five years. Imam Khumeini Memorial Trust (IKMT) has been traditionally a supporter of Congress and Islamia School has always extended its support to NC. Eight Councilors elected on NC mandate included Ghulam Hassan Khan, MP (Silmoo), Syed Abbad (Taisuru), Ghulam Rasool (Bimbhat), Ghulam Mohammad (Tarkechi), Tsering Angdus (Karsha), Mohammad Abbas (Kargil Town), Mohammad Raza (Choskore) and Aga Syed Abbas (Thangdumbur Sankoo). Ten Councilors elected on Congress mandate were Asgar Ali Karblaie (Pashkum), Mohammad Shaffi (Randeer Pura Drass), Mohammad Ali (Shargole), Skalzang Wangail (Padum), Stenzin Sonam (Cha), Akhoon Hussain (Chuliskamboo), Liaquat Ali (Poye), Zakir Hussain (Shakar), Mohammad Ismaiel (Barsoo) and Sheikh Mohammad Hussain (Thasgam). Independent candidates backed by NC included Kachoo Ahmad Ali Khan (Yourbaltok), Mohammad Haneefa (Baroo). The CEC enjoyed status of Cabinet Ministers while Executive Councilors appointed by him had the status of Minister of State. Deputy Commissioner, Kargil served as CEO to the Council. Voting for the elections were held on August 22 and counting for which had been done on August 28.