Gupkar Gang Wins DDC Elections In J&K, BJP Emerges Single Largest Party
While the seven party strong PAGD won 112 seats, BJP won three seats for the first time in Kashmir in the maiden elections in the union territory since the repealing of Article 370
The People’s Alliance for Gupkar declaration (PAGD) bagged 112 seats to lead in the District Development Council (DDC) elections, counting for which went on till late night yesterday. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) with its vision of changing the former erstwhile state’s political landscape emerged as the single largest party with 75 seats. With 49 seats in their kitty, independent candidates also emerged as critical players in these polls. This is the first official election in the now union territory since the central government revoked Article 370 in J&K that gave the region a special status.
The PAGD comprises of regional homegrown parties headed by National Conference party supremo Farooq Abdullah. Other members include ex-J&K state chief minister and People’s Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti, Communist Party of India and the Awami National Conference.
The BJP is elated with its performance in the valley as it secured 3 seats in Kashmir in a first. Engineer Aijaz Hussain, the BJP candidate from Khanmoh-II in Srinagar and Aejaz Ahmad Khan won a seat from the Bandipora district while Minha Lateef won from Kakpora in Pulwama.
The eight-phase DDC elections took place between 28 November to 19 December for a total of 280 seats.
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