Mumbai: The Gupkar alliance led by Farooq Abdullah has won a major victory in the first local elections in Jammu and Kashmir as it lost special status under Article 370 last year and turned into two union territories.
The Congress as well as a coalition of seven parties have won in 13 districts in the District Development Council (DDC) elections for the first time in 20 districts in Jammu and Kashmir. The BJP has won six districts in Jammu.
The People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration – a group of mainstream Jammu and Kashmir-based parties, including Farooq Abdullah’s National Conference and Mehbooba Mufti’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP) – has won more than 100 seats, but the BJP is the largest. The party has emerged. With 74 seats. The Congress has won 26 seats.
Polling was held in 280 seats in each of the 20 districts of the union territory. Results for two seats have been declared on all seats.
As expected, the alliance scored in Kashmir, while the BJP won the most seats in Jammu.
In Kashmir, the alliance led by Farooq Abdullah won 72 seats, BJP won three seats. While the coalition will occupy 9 district councils, Srinagar will continue to win as district independents and it is unclear which path they will go. Independents with 49 seats have emerged as big winners, placing them ahead of Congress and PDP.
In Jammu province, the BJP won 71 seats in Jammu, Udhampur, Samba, Kathua, Reasi, and Doda. The National Conference and Congress have won 45 seats in Poonch, Rajouri, Kishtwar, and Ramban districts.
After winning for the first time in Kashmir, the BJP said that the “lotus has bloomed” in the valley.
Union Minister Ravi Shankar said, “BJP received more than 4.5 lakh votes from National Conference, PDP and Congress. BJP is also the largest party. Jammu and Kashmir have given a befitting reply to terrorists, extremists and separatists.”