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NC-Cong joint candidate Haji Hanifa to contest with BJP’s Gyalson for Ladakh LS seat

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Srinagar: In a significant development, the Congress and National Conference (NC) have jointly named Haji Muhammad Hanifa Jan as their candidate for the Ladakh Lok Sabha seat.

The decision was finalized and approved by both parties on Wednesday, marking a united front in the upcoming elections. The voting for this crucial seat is scheduled for the fifth phase on May 20.

Haji Muhammad Hanifa Jan, a prominent figure in Ladakh, has emerged as the consensus candidate for both Congress and NC.

BJP has fielded advocate Tashi Gyalson as its candidate for the seat.

He joined the BJP after leaving the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after the dissolution of the BJP-PDP coalition government.

Ladakh, which became a union territory in 2019, comprises two districts: Kargil and Leh. The Ladakh Hill Autonomous Development Council (LAHDC) elections have traditionally shaped the political landscape of the region, with the BJP dominating in Leh and the NC holding sway in Kargil.

The upcoming election will witness a fierce battle between the BJP’s Tashi Gyalson and the joint candidate Haji Hanifa, representing the alliance between Congress and NC. The outcome of this contest will not only determine the political representation of Ladakh but also reflect the evolving dynamics in the region’s electoral landscape.

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