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Jammu and Kashmir DDC Election Results: Why the Poll Results are a Big Boost for the Center | India News


NEW DELHI: The celebrations that erupted in J&K, particularly in the Kashmir Valley, for the results of the district development council (DDC) polls were a far cry from past elections that were marked by accusations of manipulation or criticism that reflected minority opinion due to abysmal stakes.
For a change, the praise of the victories even from the BJP’s rivals was not resented by the Center, which saw it as a reaffirmation of the voters ‘and candidates’ faith in the fairness of the eight-phase elections.
“There was a time when India’s backhand in a cricket match against Pakistan would see celebrations on the streets of Kashmir. But the fact that the DDC polls not only saw a good turnout from people in the Valley, but also that the results were welcomed by the voters of the Popular Alliance for the Gupkar Declaration (PAGD), independents and other parties by Likewise, it shows that everyone wants a grassroots democracy that works. bring them the benefits of development. The good show of the independents reflects the emergence of a new and young leadership at the grassroots, ”said a senior government official. The Gupkar Alliance’s involvement was itself a gain in the post-article 370 scene.

Jammu and Kashmir DDC Election Results: Why the Poll Results are a Big Boost for the Center | India News

Aijaz Hussain (C), the BJP candidate for the DDC polls celebrates after he won a DDC seat in front of a counting center in Srinagar. (AFP photo)
Union Minister of State and BJP deputy from Udhampur Jitendra Singh told TOI: “The results of the DDC survey have established the BJP as a pan-J & K party with a presence in all regions of the Union Territory. , including Kashmir, where the party has won seats for the first time. ”

What is most significant about the DDC polls is that J&K local elected representatives will, for the first time, pledge allegiance to the Constitution of India and not to the J&K constitution. “This type of establishes the purpose of the movement of the Center to annul Article 370 in J&K,” said the government official.
An Interior Ministry official said that successful conduct and good voter turnout in the DDC polls are sure to excite authorities to hold assembly elections in the state as soon as possible.

The DDC polls saw many traditional low turnout areas registering higher turnout compared to the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, as well as the panchayat polls. For example, Srinagar garnered 35.3% of the votes, a big jump from 7.9% turnout in LS polls of 2019 and 14.50% in panchayat polls of 2018.
Awantipora, which recorded 0.4% polls in the 2018 panchayat polls and 3% in the 2019 LS polls, recorded 9.9% polls this time. Anantnag recorded 24.9% polls, a big improvement from 9.3% in 2018 polls and 13.8% in LS elections.
This, said a senior J&K government official, was despite the fact that these are the first elections to be held after the repeal of Article 370 and its timing during the harsh winter.

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