In the elections held for 280 seats of the District Development Council of Jammu and Kashmir, the Gupkar alliance of seven parties led by Farooq Abdullah has won the maximum number of seats in 112.
- The BJP has emerged as the single largest party with 74 seats.
- For the first time, BJP has also won three seats in the Kashmir Valley.
- Farooq Abdullah’s National Conference is at number two with 67 seats.
- Mehbooba Mufti’s party PDP has won 27 seats.
According to Election Commission data, the People’s Alliance for Group Declaration (PAGD) has won 100 seats while the other 12 are leading.
- So far 49 independents have been declared winners.
The performance of Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party (JKAP) has been disappointing.
- Apni party has won 12 seats and is leading on one.
- The Congress has so far won 26 seats.
The DDC elections held in eight phases started on 28 November.
This is the first election after the special status of Jammu and Kashmir was revoked last year and its union territory was created.
Elections were held in 140–140 seats in Jammu and Kashmir region.
The trend of most seats in DDC elections remained as expected. The results of the Hindu-dominated Jammu region were seen in favor of the BJP, while the Muslim-dominated Kashmir region dominated the PAGD.
A day before the counting of votes, the administration detained several PDP and NC leaders, including Naeem Akhtar, Sartaj Madni, Pir Mansoor and Hilal Ahmed Lone. No reason was given for detention.
The three seats with which the BJP has opened an account in Kashmir are Khonmoh-2 seat in Srinagar, Tulail seat in Bandipora district and Kakpora seat in Pulwama. This victory is important for BJP because in these seats it had strong parties in the area like NC and PDP.
What is DDC election ?
DDC elections were held in Jammu and Kashmir for the first time. Before the repeal of Article 370, there was no three-tier panchayat system (village level, block level, district level) in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Narendra Modi government at the Center had given its consent to amend the Jammu and Kashmir Panchayati Raj Act, 1989 last month. Now through these elections, DDC will be formed in a total of 20 districts including 10 in Jammu region and 10 in Kashmir Valley.