Reyaz Rashid

DDC POLLS: PAGD holds its PAKAD (grip) on J&K politics

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Alliance performs very well in Kashmir, OK in Jammu; BJP gets lion’s share in Jammu, wins three seats in Kashmir too

Srinagar: While Peoples’ Alliance for Gupkar Declaration registered a resounding victory in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, BJP held its forte in Jammu and also managed to pocket three seats in Kashmir Valley.

Bharatya Janata Party (BJP), given its near sweep in the Jammu region, besides a couple of seats in the Valley, emerged as the single largest party even as in the overall tally it could not overtake the PAGD.

As per the results declared for 270 out of 280 seats, BJP has won 74 seats, NC 65, independents 48, PDP 26, INC 24, JKAP 12, JKPC 8, CPI-M 5, JKPM 3, JKNPP 2, PDF 2, and BSP one.

The results available suggest that PAGD has already won 107 seats and if 24 INC seats are added, as the party initially was part of PAGD, the alliance’s tally reaches 231 seats.

The results available when this report was being filled suggested that PAGD has won more than 18 seats in Jammu province in comparison to three won by BJP in Kashmir.

In accordance with expectations, the BJP was able to retain its sway in the Jammu division. The party has also won three seats in Kashmir Valley – one in Srinagar, one in Bandipora district and one in Pulwama district.

Pertinently, seven political parties, including the NC, the PDP, and the PC contested the polls in an alliance, under the banner of the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) formed for restoration of Article 370.

The Congress was initially a part of the PAGD but distanced itself when the BJP targeted the opposition party for being in league with the “Gupkar Gang”.

Today’s election results decided the fate of nearly 2,181 candidates for the 280 DDC seats in Jammu and Kashmir. The elections, held in eight phases, began on November 28 and ended on December 19.

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