Politics of Ladakh

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Politics of Ladakh
Seal of Ladakh.png
Polity typeUnion territory of India
ConstitutionConstitution of India
Executive branch
Head of State
TitleLieutenant Governor
CurrentlyR. K. Mathur
AppointerPresident of India
Judicial branch
NameHigh Court of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh
Chief judgeAli Mohammad Magrey
Ladakhi politicians of LAHDC and LUTF with former Vice President of India Mohammad Hamid Ansari

Politics of Ladakh is exercised within democratic setup of the Indian-administered union territory of Ladakh. Major power centres are Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Leh[1] and Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Kargil[2] alongside Ladakh Lok Sabha constituency.[3] Indian National Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party are major political parties.[4] Ladakhi religious organisations like Ladakh Buddhist Association, Imam Khomeni Memorial Trust and Anjuman-e-Jamiat-ul-Ulama Asna Asharia have major influences as well.[5][6][7]


Map of the Indian-administered union territory of Ladakh

After collapse of Namgyal dynasty of Ladakh, Ladakh became part of the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir before the Dogra–Tibetan War.[8][9] After 1947, Ladakh continued to be part of Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Ladakh Union Territory Front was formed demanding Ladakh to be formed separate Union territory.[5] Ladakh was created as separate union territory in 2019 with celebrations in Leh.[10]

Political parties of Ladakh[edit]

Major political parties are:

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ "Ladakh Lok Sabha candidates try to reach maximum voters as campaigning for Phase 5 ends today". India Today. 2019-05-04. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
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  6. ^ "The Monasteries Of Ladakh". Outlook India. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
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  8. ^ Chavan, Akshay (2019-08-06). "How Ladakh Became Part of J&K". Live History India. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  9. ^ "Stones of silence: Ladakh and beyond". The Sunday Guardian Live. 2020-09-26. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  10. ^ "Ladakh celebrates '1st Independence Day' after being declared UT". Mint. 2019-08-15. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
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  12. ^ "Police probing money distribution at BJP rally in Ladakh". Kashmir Images Newspaper. 2019-05-06. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
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