DDC results: Independents’ Day

PAGD grabs maximum seats, BJP emerges single largest partySrinagar, Dec 22:The People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD), an amalgam of seven political parties, has won over 97 seats while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) emerged as the single largest party winning 70 seats till the last report came at 12:30 am.As per the last count of 280 DDC seats, National Conference has bagged 57 seats, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)  26, Peoples Conference (PC) six, CPI(M) five, Jammu Kashmir Peoples Movement (JKPM) three. Notably, Independent candidates bagged as many as 44 seats, while the Congress party won 22.Altaf Bukhari led Jammu Kashmir Apni Party (JKAP) had won only 10 seats. Jammu Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNN) bagged two seats, while Peoples Democratic Front (PDF) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has bagged one each.BJP has garnered the highest vote share with a total 4,28,622  votes polled in favour of the party. NC with 2,07,579 votes is the second in the list of highest vote shares. Independents at a third place have 1,19,558 total vote share. PDP is the fourth distant with 45,210 vote share.Meanwhile, the BJP has maintained its dominance in the Jammu region. Apart from winning 62 seats in Jammu region, the party has also won three seats in the Kashmir valley– one in Srinagar one in Tulail seat in Bandipora district and one in Kakpora constituency in Pulwama district.Reacting on the results, National Conference (NC) vice president Omar Abdullah said that people from Jammu as well as Kashmir have extended complete support to the Gupkar alliance and endorsed its plan seeking restoration of J-K’s special status by giving a befitting reply to the BJP in the DDC polls.“The BJP is the one which turned these elections as a referendum of its policy of 2019. I hope they have understood the desire of the people,” he said.PDP president Mehbooba Mufti also termed DDC results as a verdict in favour of restoring Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, Mufti said the cadre of the People’s Alliance for Gupkar declaration (PAGD) — an amalgam of several mainstream political parties seeking the restoration of the special status of J&K — worked tirelessly to ensure the success, even as the Centre “left no stone unturned to create hurdles for us”.”Today’s DDC results have made it clear that people of J&K voted en masse for @JKPAGD thus rejecting the unconstitutional decision to abrogate Article 370. They have overwhelmingly supported @JKPAGD which stands for restoration of J&Ks special status,” the PDP president said.She said the PAGD emerged as a winner despite all the obstacles.The major mainstream political parties including National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Peoples Conference (PC) fought the polls “unitedly” under the umbrella of the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD).The newly floated, PAGD, was formed to work for the restoration of J&K’s special status.BJP national general Secretary Tarun Chugh said that the results of J&K elections marked a big victory for prime minister Narendra Modi’s vision of development and progress for the people.”BJP had a big number of victorious independents on it’s side as well. A new chapter has opened in J&K and it would go a long way to help people who remained deprived of development programmes,” Chugh said.The elections, held in eight phases, began on November 28 and ended on December 19. the overall voting percentage in all eight phases across Jammu and Kashmir was 51.42 per cent and over 30 lakh votes were counted at counting centres.The counting for  280 DDC seats began at 9 am on Tuesday at all district headquarters across Jammu and Kashmir. 2,178 candidates were in a fray  in the polls.The DDC polls were the first major political activity in Jammu and Kashmir after the abrogation of  Article 370 in August 2019.State Election Commission ensured smooth counting  Sharma appreciates DCs, Returning Officers, all other staff engaged with countingJAMMU, DEC 22:  The State Election Commissioner (SEC), K K Sharma has lauded the efforts of all the employees engaged in the counting of votes for all the DDC Constituencies that began at 9.00 am today in all the 20 Districts of Jammu & Kashmir.  The SEC said that despite the cold conditions prevalent in the Valley and other parts of Jammu province, officials associated with the counting and allied arrangements have put in extraordinarily efforts by reporting at the designated places for counting halls at 06.00 am.  While the actual counting began at 09.00 am, and was complete in many places and  is likely to continue till midnight in few of the Constituencies.The State Election Commission shared  the trends and the results of Constituencies as these were pouring in through its website https://ceojk.nic.in/ by updating the information on it on  a continuous basis.  The information made available on the Commission’s website was displayed in all  the media centers set up by every district at the venue of counting.  The State Election Commission appreciated the efforts of NIC, State Informatics Officer, Abhay Kumar, his team  and also the team led by Baiju Ubbot.The State Election Commission also informed that counting was deferred in Drugmulla,   Kupwara and Hajin-A, Bandipora constituencies in view of a question that has arisen on eligibility of one each contesting candidates from the seats and added that a final decision in this regard shall be taken after taking all aspects into consideration.

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