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‘Reflect people’s faith in democracy’: Amit Shah on Jammu and Kashmir DDC elections

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Union Interior Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday congratulated the people of Jammu and Kashmir for “such a large turnout” in the inaugural District Development Council (DDC) elections. Shah also “wholeheartedly thanked” the people for voting his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as the largest party in the elections.

“I heartily thank our sisters and brothers at J&K for voting the BJP as the largest party in the District Development Council elections. BJP, under the leadership of Prime Minister @narendramodi ji, will continue to work tirelessly towards the prosperity and development of the J&K region, ”Shah tweeted on Wednesday. “Congratulations to the folks at J&K for such a great turnout in the DDC surveys. I applaud the efforts of our security forces and local administration to carry out these multi-phase elections successfully. This will further boost the morale and confidence of the J&K people in democracy, ”he added.

“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, ”Shah posted in a later tweet.

As of 4:30 pm on Wednesday, the BJP had won 75 of the 280 DDC seats. The National Conference (NC) came in second with 67 seats, followed by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) with 27 seats. Congress won with 26 seats. Independent candidates, meanwhile, won 50 seats. The BJP made inroads into Kashmir for the first time, winning three seats in the region, while the majority of its seats were from the Jammu region.

The NC and the PDP had clashed as members of the Popular Alliance for the Gupkar Declaration (PAGD), a collective of six regional parties seeking the restoration of Article 370. Together, the PAGD won 110 seats.

The eight-phase DDC elections, which took place between November 28 and December 19, were the first major electoral exercise in Jammu and Kashmir since the repeal of Article 370 last August, which led to the removal of the status. special of the region. Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh were divided into two separate Union territories.



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