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DDC Elections Results: first time in six years, BJP opened account in Kashmir

The counting of votes for 280 seats of the District Development Council elections in Jammu and Kashmir continues.

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The counting of votes for 280 seats of the District Development Council elections in Jammu and Kashmir continues. According to the information available on the State Election Commission website, BJP has so far won 60 out of 140 seats in Jammu division.

The initial results of the District Development Council are encouraging for the BJP. The BJP has won two seats in Balaham on the outskirts of Srinagar and one in Tulail in the border town of Gurez and in Pulwama.

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BJP candidate Aijaz Hussain has defeated his PAGD rival. Aijaz Hussain said on his victory, "I am happy. I want to thank the people for their support. This is a moral challenge before the PAGD who are still fooling people with Article 370."

In the initial trend, the BJP is seen taking the lead in more than 50 seats in the entire Jammu and Kashmir, while the PAGD is leading in more than 40 seats in the Valley and parts of Jammu.

It is expected that in Jammu region, the results will go in favor of BJP and PAGD will dominate kashmir.

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On the other hand, the leaders of the PAGD say that the results show the support of the public on the demand to re-implement Article 370. On August 5, 2019, Article 370 was removed from Jammu and Kashmir. This article gives Jammu and Kashmir the status of a semi-autonomous state.

National Conference, the largest regional party in Kashmir, has maintained its lead by performing better in 29 seats. The Congress party is still leading in 18 seats. The end result is expected by late evening.

If the final results are in favor of the BJP, then four out of 10 district development councils in Jammu division are set to become BJP's chairman. The BJP performed best in Jammu, Samba, Kathua and Udhampur. Here the BJP has taken the lead in 44 seats out of 56. At the same time, the Second and National Conference have performed better in the districts of Rajori, Kishtwar, Ramban, Riasi and Poonch.

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According to the latest information available on the State Election Commission website, the People's Alliance for Group Declaration (PAGD) has done well in Jammu division by maintaining its lead in 31 seats.

Jammu and Kashmir's own party and the Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party have retained the lead in three or three seats. At the same time, others are leading in 20 seats. Elections to the District Development Council have been held for the first time in Jammu and Kashmir after the removal of article 370.

This election was conducted in eight phases in 280 seats, in which about 51% of the voters took part. The first phase was voted on November 28, while the 8th and last phase were voted on December 19.

Elections were held for the first time after the removal of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir. The election, which was held on December 19, saw voting in eight phases. The first phase of voting was held on 28 November. Election Commissioner KK Sharma announced these elections on November 4.

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In these elections, all the mainstream political parties, except the BJP and Jammu and Kashmir (JKAP), have contested elections together.

Seven parties National Conference (NC), People's Democratic Party (PDP), People's Conference, CPI, CPIM, Awami National Conference and Jammu and Kashmir People's Movement (JKPM) have together formed People's Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) in this election.

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