Alliance likely to win 115 seats, BJP 77, Apni Party 11, independents 54
Srinagar, Dec 22: Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration—an amalgam pf Kashmir based parties including National Conference (NC) Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), CPI (M), Jammu Kashmir Peoples Conference (JKPC) and Jammu Kashmir People Movement (JKPM)— was heading towards majority in the maiden District Development Council (DDC) elections held in the union territory.
As the vote counting for DDC elections—first ever polls after the abrogation of Article 370 in J&K— was going on when this report was filed the results for 247 constituencies were declared of which PAGD—an amalgam of mainstream parties— had won 97 seats (NC 57, PDP 26, JKPC 6, CPI-M 5, JKPM 3), BJP had won 70 seats, independents 44, INC 22, JKAP 10, JKNPP 2, PDF and BSP one each.
According to the figures available on the official website, https://ceojk.nic.in/, the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) was leading in over 18 seats.
The counting is going on and it seems that the PAGD would attain the figure of 115 while BJP would likely bag 77 seats. It is predicted that INC would bag 26 seats while JKAP would secure 11 and independents would emerge victorious on 54 seats.
The vote counting would end probably late in the night as the counting on was going on when the report was last filed.
Pertinently, the DDC polls were conducted in eight phases from November 28 this year and witnessed a huge participation of people across Jammu and Kashmir in all the eight phases.
The former minister and Congress leader Taj Mohi-ud-din, wives of former legislators in Kashmir were among the candidates who were in the electoral fray.
A total of 280 constituencies went for polls in eight phases while 2178 candidates were in the fray.
In Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, the counting ended in the afternoon. Out of 14 constituencies, seven seats were bagged by independent candidates while JKAP secured three and PAGD emerged victorious on three seats.