Gupkar sees the verdict of Jammu and Kashmir against 370; BJP says in favor – india news
The seven-party People’s Alliance for the Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) declared victory in the Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) District Development Council (DDC) elections on Wednesday, interpreting so different what the verdict meant against the backdrop of the Center’s controversial decision to remove special status from the old state last year.
As a high-octane war of words raged, PAGD partners said people rejected the Union government’s decision to remove Article 370, which gave J&K special status, while the BJP maintained that the results showed that voters said no to “terrorism and separatism.” and took the path of nationalism.
In the eight-phase DDC elections, the first exercise of its kind at J&K and also the first major vote in the region since Article 370 was removed on August 5, 2019, the PAGD, a two-month block with Regional powers National Conference (NC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), took the top spot by winning an impressive 110 seats out of the total 280 offered in the 20 districts of the Union Territory (14 seats each).
The BJP won 75 seats and emerged as the largest party thanks to its performance in the Hindu-dominated Jammu region, where it won 72 out of 140 seats.
North Carolina leader and former chief minister Omar Abdullah praised the performance of the PAGD, which won 84 seats in Kashmir and 26 in Jammu, and attacked the ruling BJP Center. “If you really say that democracy has won, then you will have to listen to the voices of the people. And the people of Jammu and Kashmir have said it with a large majority that does not accept (the decisions of) August 5, 2019, ”he said, addressing party workers at NC headquarters, Nawa-i-Subah, in Srinagar.
At the victory celebrations, Abdullah said there may be no assembly elections on Union territory any time soon. “The next elections in J&K are a long way from the defeat of the BJP in this election … If they believed in democracy, they would have blown the bugle for the assembly elections,” he said.
“We could have many more seats if we had not contested in the alliance. But to achieve a greater goal we have to make small or big sacrifices … It was our duty to put aside our differences and arrive at a unique platform for our identity, “he added, referring to the alliance that was made in October 2020 to demand the restoration of J&K special status.
Farooq Abdullah, his other minister and another former boss, said North Carolina workers demonstrated once again that “anti-Kashmir forces cannot take down our party,” which won the most seats (67) among the seven coalition partners. “It was the BJP that made the DDC elections look like a referendum (on the Article 370 move) … now the people of J&K have made their aversion to the August 5 measures known,” he said.
Former prime minister and leader of the PDP, Mehbooba Mufti, also criticized the BJP. “People have voted en masse for the alliance … Article 370 still lives in our hearts and minds and we will fight for it until our last breath,” he told the NDTV news channel. Mufti also said that he will not participate in the elections until the decision to nullify Article 370 is reversed.
On August 5, 2019, the central government struck down Article 370 and forked J&K into two Union territories – J&K with a legislative assembly and Ladakh without one, sparking widespread protests. The BJP and the Center argue that the decision will eventually help the region, deal a blow to terrorism, and usher in development.
Faced with a barrage of criticism, the BJP sent a large number of its top leaders to counter the PAGD narrative. Speaking to reporters in New Delhi, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad rejected the claim that the results were a victory for the alliance, noting that it was the BJP that emerged as the largest party.
“This is a victory for India, democracy, hope, development and the people of Jammu and Kashmir. This is a victory for the broader narrative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi … ”he said at a press conference.
On Twitter, Union Interior Minister Amit Shah thanked J & K’s “brothers and sisters” and said that the BJP will continue to “work tirelessly towards the prosperity and development of the region” under the prime minister’s leadership. Modi.
“The Modi government is doing everything possible to restore grassroots democracy in Jammu and Kashmir. Recent DDC surveys conducted for the first time in J&K history bear witness to the same. The massive turnout in these elections reflects the people’s faith in democracy, ”he added.
His colleague, Anurag Thakur, countered the PAGD claim that the people voted against the annulment of Article 370 and claimed that the BJP and independents together got more than 52% of the vote.
“This shows that the J&K people have rejected the Gupkar gang,” he told reporters in Jammu. The people have spoken out against “terrorism and separatism” and voted in favor of democracy and nationalism, added Thakur, who was actively involved in the campaign.
The BJP vote percentage in the DDC elections was 24.5%. This number was 27.9% for independents, who won a total of 50 seats and were able to play king-makers in at least two districts. The combined vote ratio of the PAGD camp, which also comprises the Peoples ‘Conference, the Communist Party of India-Marxist, the Peoples’ Movement, the Awami National Conference and the People’s Democratic Front of Jammu and Kashmir, stood at 22.9%.
In terms of strike rate, the BJP won 75 of the total 230 seats it contested (32.6%). The strike rate of the NC and the PDP, two main components of the PAGD, stood at 40.9% (67 seats of the 164 challenged) and 39.7% (27 seats of the 68 challenged).
Overall, the PAGD had a clear majority in six districts (all in Kashmir) while it was close to the majority in three others. The BJP had a clear majority in five districts (all in Jammu) and was close to the majority in another district. In the remaining five districts, no party had a majority.
Held under the shadow of Covid-19, the elections witnessed a 51.76% turnout in the eight phases from November 29 to December 19.
The BJP says the results showed the party is acceptable to both regions of the Union Territory, underlining that three of its candidates won from the Kashmir Valley (Khanmoh-II in Srinagar district, Kakapora-II in Pulwama district and Tulail in Bandipora district), in addition to the 72 victories in Jammu.