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Jammu and Kashmir DDC Election Results: Key Findings | India News

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NEW DELHI: The first District Development Council (DDC) elections in the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir have left several surprises. Except for a couple of results that were in line, the others were unprecedented.

The fact that the People’s Alliance for the Gupkar Declaration (PAGD or popularly known as the Gupkar Alliance) emerged victorious in most seats in the Kashmir Valley while the BJP performed well in the Jammu region was highly anticipated. .

While the 10 districts of the Kashmir Valley are dominated by Muslims, six of the 10 districts in the Jammu region are dominated by Hindus. The remaining four districts of Rajouri, Poonch, Doda and Kishtwar that border the Kashmir Valley have a sizeable Muslim population.

The results are more or less a mirror of the 2014 Jammu and Kashmir assembly and the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Except for these, there are several notable takeaways in the DDC elections.

Out of 280 seats, 140 each in the Kashmir Valley and Jammu region, the BJP emerged as the largest party by winning 75 seats. While the National Conference (NC) led by Farooq Abdullah won 67 seats, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) led by Mehbooba Mufti won 27 and Congress 26.

Following pre-election arrangements, the seven-party Gupkar Alliance won 112 seats (PDP 27, NC 67, People’s Conference (PC) 3 led by Sajjad Lone and CPI (M) 5) and was the outright winner.

The decision of the two traditional rivals PDP and NC to join together has paid off. Had Congress also joined them, the alliance would have been a formidable force, much like Mahagathbandhan’s experiment of the RJD-JD (U) -Congress combination in the 2015 Bihar assembly elections.

Even now, with the support of Congress, should it decide, the Gupkar Alliance account would touch 138 seats.

The independent candidates have been victorious in about 50 seats. About 40 independent candidates were supported by the BJP.

Along with the ten-something independents, the Gupkar Alliance can count on the support of 148 candidates.

On the other hand, the Apni party, an ally of the BJP, has won 12 seats. Together with the more than 40 independent candidates and the winners of the Apni Party, the BJP tally may touch a figure of 127. It may still be about 20 seats less than the combination of the Alliance and Gupkar’s Congress.

The BJP has been the biggest winner, while Congress and the PDP are the biggest losers in the DDC elections. The BJP has entered the Kashmir Valley by winning three of the 140 seats. This is a huge boost for the BJP.

The BJP also has a lot to be happy about when it comes to the votes obtained. He obtained 4.87,364 votes against 2.82,514 for NC; 57,789 to NC; and 1.39.382 of Congress.

The BJP got more votes not only than the Gupkar Alliance, but also the PDP, NC, and Congress combined. The three together recorded 4.79,685, which is 7,679 fewer votes than the BJP.

Before the 2014 Jammu and Kashmir assembly elections, there were three main players in the state: North Carolina, the PDP, and Congress. However, the BJP made an entrance in those elections by emerging as the second largest party after the PDP and pushing Congress to fourth place.

Congress fought in the DDC elections separately and ran candidates in 118 seats. However, it could win only 26 seats. The BJP appears to have benefited from the loss of Congress and has filled the vacant space created by the Great Old Party of India.

The percentage of voting during the DDC elections in the terror-infested areas witnessed a considerable increase compared to the previous elections. While Ganderbal saw 43.4 percent of the voting, Kulgam saw 28.9 percent and Shopia 17.5 percent.

Pulwama, who had had a vote of just 1.1 percent in the 2018 panchayat elections, scored 7.4 percent in DDC polls. Similarly, Sopore, where the vote was 7.6 percent in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, is down 23.6 percent now. The same happened with Bandipora in northern Kashmir, where 51.7 percent voted in DDC polls. However, he had obtained 44 percent in the panchayat elections and 23 percent in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Another important conclusion is the performance of the BJP in the recent elections. He won the Bihar assembly elections. He won heavily in Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) Elections, Kerala Local Body Elections, Rajasthan Civic Body Elections, Arunachal Pradesh Civic Election, Ladakh Hill Council Election and the Bodoland Territorial Council elections.

The BJP was also victorious in recent legislative assembly elections in several states, including Madhya Pradesh, where it won 19 of the 28 electoral districts that went to the polls; Manipur, where he won four of the five electoral districts that went to the polls; Uttar Pradesh, where he won eight of the nine seats; and Gujarat where he was victorious in all eight seats.

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