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Five of seven former ministers win J&K DDC polls | India News

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JAMMU: Five of the seven former ministers who disputed the DDC elections in Jammu and Kashmir have won, while two belonging to the BJP suffered defeats, according to data released by the state electoral authority (SEA).
Senior congressional leader and former minister Taj Mohiuddin, who was in the fray for the Parenpillan constituency of Uri tehsil in northern Kashmir’s Baramulla district, won the seat by a margin of 1,596 votes, authorities said. .
Taj, who served multiple terms as minister and MLA, obtained 9,741 votes against the leader of the People’s Conference (PC), Shaukat Ali Khan, who obtained 4,451 votes in the first election of the District Development Council (DDC).
Mohiuddin, the 72-year-old Gujjar leader facing the IWC investigation into Roshi’s land scam, fought Khan. With the support of Farooq Abdullah’s National Conference of Jammu and Kashmir (NC) and Mehbooba Mufti’s J&K People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mohiuddin is the consensus candidate of the People’s Alliance for the Gupkar Declaration (PAGD).
Known as the “crown” of Congress, Taj has represented Uri three times as an MLA.
He has served as a cabinet minister in the governments of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Omar Abdullah.
The veteran North Carolina leader and former minister Abdul Gani, who ran from the Mahore seat in the Reasi district, won the election by a margin of 351 votes. He obtained 4,833 votes and defeated independent candidate Shafi-ur-Rehman, who obtained 4,482 votes. Gani has been an MLA and a former minister in the government of Omar Abdullah.
Jagjeevan Lal, a senior North Carolina leader and former minister, won Reasi’s seat by defeating BJP’s Chaman Lal by 237 votes. Lal obtained 4,507 votes to Lal’s 4,270.
Former congressional minister and veteran Gujjar leader Ajaz Ahmed Khan, who joined the J&K Apni Party, won the DDC elections of the Thuroo segment of the Reasi district by 1,578 votes, according to SEA data.
Ajaz Khan got 4,904 votes, while NC’s Mohmmad Ashraf got 3,326 votes. A two-time MLA, Ajaj Khan was a minister in the North Carolina Congressional government.
Shabir Ahmed Khan, a veteran Pahari leader and former congressional minister, won the Manjakote seat in Rajouri district by a margin of 3,394 votes and obtained 8,714 votes against Shafat Khan, who garnered 5,320 votes. Shabir Khan was a minister in the North Carolina Congressional government led by Omar Abdullah.
However, former BJP ministers Sham Lal Choudhary and Shakti Raj Parihar lost their seats in the Jammu and Doda districts.
Choudhary lost his election in the Suchetgarh constituency of Jammu district by 11 votes, which officials say is the “smallest” margin so far in DDC polls.
Choudhary obtained 12,958 votes against independent candidate Taranjit Singh, who obtained 12,969 votes.
A cabinet minister in the BJP-PDP coalition government in the former state of Jammu and Kashmir, Choudhary had won the Suchetgarh constituency assembly elections in 2008 and 2014 and is considered a powerful leader in the RS border belt Pure
Another former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) minister, Shakti Raj Parihar, lost both seats he contested in the Gundna and Marmat segments of the Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir.
Parihar lost to NC candidate Asim Hashmi by 1,336 votes. Hashmi got 7,835 votes, while Parihar 6,499, according to the data. Parihar lost the Marmat seat by 1,330 votes when he obtained 7,033 votes against congressional candidate Mushtaq Ahmed, who obtained 8,363 votes.
Parihar, who was vice president of BJP’s J&K unit, is considered a major player in the region and was a minister in the BJP-PDP government.
Former BJP MLA members Gharu Ram and Bharat Bushan won their seats in the Jammu district, while former lawmakers Kanta Andhotra, Shahnaz Ganai, Shah Mohmmad Tantray and Mumtaz Khan lost their elections.
The PAGD swept the early DDC polls by winning 110 seats, while the BJP emerged as the largest party with 74 seats after securing the largest share of votes in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said Wednesday.
The results were expected from four electoral districts, one in the Bandipora and Kupwara districts of northern Kashmir and the Poonch and Rajouri districts in the Jammu region.

Times of India

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