‘Resounding Slap For Extremists, Terrorists’: RS Prasad On J&K DDC Survey Results
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday hailed the district development council elections, the first round of elections in the newly formed union territory of Jammu and Kashmir, as a victory of hope, democracy and vision. from the prime minister to J&K.
The BJP, which emerged as the largest party, won 75 seats at the polls. Prasad claimed that the Gupkar alliance, a coalition of opposition parties in Jammu and Kashmir, was formed only because the parties would never have been able to fight the BJP alone.
“People are calling this a victory for the Gupkar alliance, but if you look at the numbers, BJP has gotten more votes than NC, PDP and Congress combined,” Prasad said. “The BJP got 4.87,364 votes, while NC got 2.82,514, PDP got 57,589 and Congress got 1.39,382 votes.”
Prasad also added that the percentage of votes in areas like Shopian, Bandipura and Pulwama has risen since the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, ruling out that people were not happy with the union government’s decision to strip J&K of special status.
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“The people of Kashmir have given the extremists, terrorists and their backers a resounding slap in the face,” Prasad said. “The defeat of the Gupkar Alliance from the Burhan Wani area is important for additional reasons. The alleged murder of Burhan Wani became an international campaign issue by the alliances. Today, the defeat of the Gupkar Alliance in that area shows the change of wave in J&K ”, he added.
Prasad also said that the people of Kashmir have experienced development after years, restoring their faith in democracy. “The people have rejected those who rule and instead elected those who work,” Prasad said.
The Union minister also praised the victory of 52 independent candidates, of whom he said many are supporters of the BJP. “Democracy is turning its pages in Jammu and Kashmir. Instead of throwing stones, people are now exercising their right to vote using ballots, ”he said.
“People have a habit of looking down on the prime minister and questioning his popularity,” Prasad said. “But from Ladakh to Telangana, from Rajasthan to Assam and Bihar, the people have chosen Narendra Modi as their leader.”