Cong faces uphill task in Ladakh after party rebel files nomination

Congress is facing an uphill task to win the Ladakh parliamentary seat as a party rebel, backed by an influential religious organisation, has filed his nomination as an independent candidate, making the May 6 election a multi-cornered contest involving BJP.

Rigzin Spalbar, of Congress, is fighting against party rebel Asgar Ali Karbalai.

Spalbar, a Buddhist leader, is a two-time chief executive councillor of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC), and Karbalai is a former MLA of Kargil.