Jammu (NVI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) emerged as the single largest party in J&K DDC polls with 75 seats including three in the Valley for the first time, followed by National Conference (NC) which won 67 seats, as the results for the recently held elections were declared today.
While BJP dominated Jammu, the Gupkar alliance (PAGD), an amalgamation of seven parties, had an upper hand in Kashmir as it won over 100 seats. PAGD managed to win only one seat in the Jammu region’s Nowshera.
While addressing a press conference here, State Election Commissioner (SEC) KK Sharma said that the counting of votes for the DDC election was concluded peacefully early this morning.
He said the results were declared in 278 seats barring Drugmulla in Kupwara and Hajin-A in Bandipora districts.
Sharma said that BJP emerged as the single largest party, registering a win on 75 DDC constituencies followed by J&K National Conference with 67 seats while PDP won 27 and Indian National Congress (INC) won 26 seats.
Newly floated J&K Apni Party (JKAP) won 12 seats while JKPC and CPI-M bagged 8 and 5 seats respectively, he added.
He further said that independents turned out to be the major reflection during these elections winning 18 percent of the total seats while registering their win on 50 seats.
Likewise, JKNPP and PDF registered victory on two seats each and BSP emerged victorious on one seat from Kathua district.
The SEC further informed that 28,55,509 votes were counted in total in the 278 DDC constituencies.
Among the political parties, BJP got 24.82 percent votes followed by JKNC with 16.46%, INC 13.82%, PDP 3.96%, JKAP 5.3%, JKPC 1.98 vote share while rest of the vote share went to others including independent candidates.
Sharma said that despite cold conditions particularly in Kashmir valley and some parts of Jammu province, all the counting officials and allied arrangements put in great efforts by remaining at their counting stations from early Tuesday morning to Wednesday morning.
He said that people and media alike were abreast with recent trends of constituencies through website by flashing election trends and results online dynamically.
He added that the information was readily available, besides SEC officers and officials remained available for any query during the counting process.
The SEC said that on Tuesday morning, counting was deferred in Drugmulla, Kupwara and Hajin-A, Bandipora constituencies in view of the eligibility issue of the candidates contesting from these seats.
“A final decision in this regard will be taken after taking all aspects into consideration,” he added.
Sharma also complimented all the district administrations for the arrangements that were put in place for the counting process besides ensuring smooth conduct of the election process.