Ladakh in the past few months has been in the national news because of the border stand-off with China. While the two sides have already held a series of diplomatic and military talks, there has been no concrete breakthrough. But in the shadow of stalemate, another battle is quietly brewing.

Ladakh’s political parties are fighting to win the maiden Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) polls, where as many as 94 candidates will be in the fray for 26 seats with the BJP sending in some big names.

The election to the LAHDC, which is the district’s highest-elected body, is the first such exercise in the region since the Centre carved out the Union Territory from the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir on 5 August last year.

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