Srinagar: The People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) Wednesday emerged victorious in District Development Council (DDC) elections for chairperson in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
Muhammad Yousuf Gorsi, who won maiden DDC polls on National Conference (NC) ticket on Pahalgam seat, was elected as chairman while Advocate Javaid of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was elected as vice-chairman.
PAGD candidates were backed by Congress party’s DDC members as well.
Gorsi and Adv Javaid Sheikh got 11 votes each.
Among 14 seats in Anantnag, six were won by NC, three each by Congress and independents and two by PDP.
With this, PAGD has bagged three chairpersons’ posts, while Apni Party has secured two in Kashmir. One each DDC chairperson was elected from CPI(M) and Peoples Conference (PC) while an Independent candidate was also elected as chairperson in DDC Budgam, where the National Conference (NC) one of the constituent of PAGD had nine members.
The PAGD on Wednesday won chairperson and vice chairperson posts of DDCs in Ganderbal and Pulwama districts. NC candidate Nuzhat Ishfaq was elected chairperson after getting nine votes while Bilal Ahmad Sheikh of PDP vice chairperson after polling eight votes in DDC Ganderbal election held Wednesday.
The Peoples Conference (PC) secured the post of chairperson in District DDC, Kupwara.
Independent candidate Nazir Ahmad Khan was elected as the chairperson while NC candidate Nazir Ahmad Jahara bagged the Vice Chairperson’s post in DDC Budgam on Monday. However, the NC had nine members in the DDC who later staged a dharna demanding repoll alleging that they were not allowed to vote.
On February 6, Communist Party of India (M) candidate was unanimously elected as the chairman of the District Development Council (DDC) Kulgam in south Kashmir.
Apni Party (AP) candidates were elected chairpersons of DDC Srinagar and Shopian defeating nearest rivals of PAGD, an alliance of half a dozen political parties, including NC and PDP on February 6. (Additional inputs from UNI/KNO)