However, it’s the independents — 40 of whom have already received — who will name the photographs in lots of locations, significantly within the valley, as majority has eluded any main participant in these districts. Another 30 independents had been main within the counting, in response to stories.
The DDC polls had been the primary electoral train for the reason that nullification of Article 370 on August 5 final yr. Voting was held in 280 seats, 14 in every of the 20 districts of the Union Territory.
While PAGD surged forward within the Kashmir area, BJP retained its higher hand within the Jammu area. The outcomes of 221 of the 280 seats had been obtainable on the time of going to press, with PAGD successful in 95 seats and BJP in 56.
In the Farooq Abdullah-led PAGD, the previous chief minister’s National Conference was the most important winner with 53 seats, adopted by his former arch-rival Mehbooba Mufti’s PDP, which received 27 seats. While Sajjad Lone’s People’s Conference received seven seats, two different constituents of PAGD — CPM and Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement — received 5 and three seats, respectively. CPI and Awami National Conference, the opposite two companions within the seven-party alliance, drew a clean.
Congress, which had initially taken half in deliberations with PAGD however distanced itself following criticism, received 18 seats, whereas Altaf Bukhari’s nine-month-old Apni Party, thought-about near BJP, bagged 10 seats.
Of the 56 seats that BJP received, 53 got here from Jammu, whereas three got here from the valley.
NC chief Omar Abdullah downplayed BJP’s victory in three seats within the valley and tweeted: “I understand the temptation to over play the 3 seats the BJP has won in the valley but why underplay the 35 wins/leads of the@JKPAGD in Jammu province. We aren’t Kashmir based parties, we are political parties with strong support in both Kashmir AND Jammu.”
As per the outcomes launched by the J&Ok administration, NC received 37 seats within the valley and 16 within the Jammu area.
While PAGD had a decisive higher hand within the valley, it suffered a shock in Srinagar, the place solely 5 of its candidates might win, with independents rising victorious in seven seats and BJP and Apni Party successful one seat every. Though Apni Party received only one seat in Srinagar, the electoral arithmetic appears to be in its favour in relation to taking management of the DDC as most victorious independents are backed by Bukhari. Interestingly, after successful the not too long ago held mayoral elections, the mayor of the Srinagar Municipal Corporation had joined Apni Party quickly after assuming cost.
Similarly, in Kupwara, Apni Party has received two seats thus far. But sources mentioned that six independents backed by Bukhari have received, giving his get together the a lot wanted edge in forming the DDC.
Apni Party or the independents backed by it have received some seats in Baramulla, Ganderbal, Bandipora, Shopian and Anantnag as effectively.
“There is each probability that the Apni Party could kind the district stage councils in these districts significantly in Ganderbal the place it has backed seven impartial candidates who’ve been declared as winners thus far,” a political observer remarked.