SRINAGAR: BJP emerged victorious in the urban local body polls held in Jammu & Kashmir, after a perios of 13 years, at the end of the counting of votes in 52 civic polls on Saturday. Folowing the announcement of results, PM Narendra Modi thanked the people of the state for support to the BJP.
“I thank the people of Jammu and Kashmir for their support to the
@BJP4JnK in the urban local body elections. I assure the people of the state that the Party will work hard to fulfil the aspirations of the state’s youth and serve the state with utmost diligence. I salute the entire team of @BJP4JnK for their stupendous efforts in the local body elections. I am glad that they reached out to every section of society and explained the Party’s development agenda,” Modi Tweeted.
I thank the people of Jammu and Kashmir for their support to the @BJP4JnK in the urban local body elections. I assure the people of the state that the Party will work hard to fulfil the aspirations of the state’s youth and serve the state with utmost diligence.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 20, 2018
Talking about the party’s victory, BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav highlighted the fact that the party won twice the number of seats than the Congress. The BJP won on 212 seats in the Jammu province while the Congress closed its account with 110 seats. Meanwhile, independent candidates gave a strong fight to the saffron party, winning 185 of the total seats in the region.
The BJP has recorded its best performance in the local body elections in Jammu district by winning 92 of the 154 seats while the Congress won 28 seats. In Rajouri, Kathua, Udhampur, Samba, the party has won 23, 34, 14 and 18 seats respectively. Meanwhile, the Congress performed well in Rajouri, Doda, and Ramban.
These results are a reflection of aspiration of people of JnK, who want to move away from politics of strife towards PM Modi's politics of development. I thank people of JnK for their continued support and assure them that BJP will leave no stone unturned to realise their dreams.
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) October 20, 2018
In the valley, Congress won the battle with 79 wards, while the BJP and independents claimed victory on 75 and 71 seats respectively. Election in the valley were held in Srinagar, Baramulla, Kupwara, Budgam, Anantnag, Pulwama, Shopian, Kulgam, Bandipora and Ganderbal districts. Congress also won all the 13 seats in the Leh Municipal committee.
The results are likely to give a major push to the party in the state ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
BJP wins in four districts of South Kashmir
The BJP won the local body elections held in four districts of south Kashmir, claiming victory on 53 of the 132 wards contested. The districts that went to polls were Baramulla, Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian, Budgam and Anantnag BJP candidates have been elected in 75 wards across the six districts, while Congress won 52 wards. A total of 45 wards have been won by independents, and 170 wards went uncontested.Congress candidates failed to win a single ward in Baramulla district, where the BJP is leading with candidates emerging victorious in 17 wards. As many as 16 municipal wards were won by independent contestants while 21 were vacant.
The grand old party failed to register victory in Pulwama district, out of the total 56 wards 48 remained vacant, while BJP and independent candidates won six and two wards respectively. BJP candidates registered a clean sweep in the Devasar Municipal Committee, winning all eight wards, while the Congress won all their wards from the Yaripora Municipal Committee. Independent candidates won a total of three wards, as many as 24 wards in the district went uncontested, including all 13 wards in the Frisal Municipal Committee.
The BJP was also dominant in Shopian district, winning 12 out of the total 17 wards, with the rest going uncontested. The Congress made up for the loss in the Budgam district, winning a total of 23 wards compared to the BJP’s five. Independent candidates bagged 16 wards while a total of 28 wards went vacant. In Anantnag district, Congress candidates emerged victorious in 26 wards, marginally edging the BJP by one ward. While eight wards were won by independent candidates, 44 went uncontested.
BJP candidate gets 8 out of 9 votes polled in SMC
BJP candidate Bashir Ahmad Mir from Shankarpora on Saturday was elected as a corporator of the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) by a slender margin of seven votes. Interestingly, only nine votes were polled in Shankarpora ward in the outskirts of the city on October 8. Mir had announced his victory at the Shankarpora polling station as soon as the voting concluded. “The total number of votes polled in the ward was nine, out of which I got eight. My opposite (candidate) got only one,” he told reporters at SKICC here where counting of votes was held.
Peoples Conference (PC) led by Sajad Lone swept all the wards in Handwara municipal committee (MC) elections. Officials said that PC candidates were declared winners on all 13 seats.
Voting in the local body election were held in four phases and the overall voter turnout was recorded at 35.1%. In the first phase on October 8, 8.3 % turnout was recorded, in the second, third and last phase, the it was at 3.4%, 3.49%, and 4.2%. The elections did not see participation from two main regional parties, National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) besides Communist Party of India (M), who boycotted the ULB polls in Jammu and Kashmir, alleging that state and Central governments failed to clear their stand on Article 35 A.