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Jammu and Kashmir DDC Election Results 2020 Highlights: J&K administration trying to ‘collect’ Independent candidates for BJP, Omar alleges

Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) DDC Election Results 2020 Highlights: Seven political parties, including the NC and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), contested the polls in an alliance, under the banner of PAGD. This was the first election in the Union Territory after the abrogation of Article 370 in August 5 last year.

Written by Arun Sharma , Naveed Iqbal , Bashaarat Masood | Jammu, New Delhi, Srinagar | Updated: December 29, 2020 9:06:16 am
Omar Abdullah speaks during a meeting with his party workers a day after the District Development Council elections result in Srinagar. (AP)

Jammu and Kashmir DDC Election Results 2020 Highlights: The Farooq Abdullah-led People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration made a big victory in the first elections held in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir after the abrogation of the erstwhile state’s special status in August 2019. The alliance has won 110 seats, while the BJP emerged as the single largest party by getting 75 seats after securing the largest vote share in the union territory.

Out of the 278 seats for which results have been declared by the J-K Election Commission so far, besides the PAGD and the BJP, Independent candidates have won 50, Congress 26, Apni Party 12, PDF and the National Panthers Party two each and the BSP one.

The results of two constituencies – one each in Bandipora and Kupwara districts of north Kashmir – are still awaited as counting of votes has been deferred there till further orders, officials told news agency PTI.

National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah has alleged that the J&K authorities are “collecting” the independent candidates for the BJP. Taking to Twitter, Omar alleged than an an ex-MLC of the party was taken away by the police to prevent him from contacting the independent DDC members elected in his district, and that the authorities are transporting the members to Srinagar for “discussions”.

The poll results mean that the BJP has secured control of at least six District Development Councils (DDCs) in Jammu and none in Kashmir. The People’s Alliance has a majority in nine DDCs, all in the Valley. As there is no clear-cut majority in the five councils, the independent candidates are likely to play the role of king makers.

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Jammu and Kashmir DDC election results Highlights: Gupkar Alliance wins big in Kashmir, BJP in Jammu; BJP emerges as the single-largest party. Follow the latest news and developments below

00:27 (IST)24 Dec 2020
Counting kept in abeyance on 2 DDC seats over citizenship issue of contestants: J&K SEC

Jammu and Kashmir State Election Commissioner K K Sharma on Wednesday said the counting of votes in two DDC constituencies has been kept in abeyance to clear doubts over the citizenship of two of the contesting candidates from north Kashmir's Bandipora and Kupwara districts.

Sharma said the counting in rest of the 278 District Development Council (DDC) seats, which started on Tuesday morning, concluded peacefully Wednesday morning.

"The counting of votes was deferred in Drugmulla constituency (Kupwara district) and Hajin-A (Bandipora) in view of a question that has arisen on eligibility of one each contesting candidates from the two seats,"Sharma told reporters.

22:46 (IST)23 Dec 2020
J-K people voted for development and rejected politics of rhetoric: Union Minister Jitendra Singh

Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Wednesday said the people of Jammu & Kashmir have voted for development and rejected the politics of rhetoric that he claimed was intended to underplay the "unprecedented" development work and pro-poor schemes initiated by the Modi government.

Referring to the just-concluded District Development Council (DDC) election in the Union Territory, he said voters could see the development and welfare schemes reaching their doorstep and alleged that opponents, cynics and certain disgruntled elements tried their best to create a narrative that no progress had taken place.

"The voter has proved that he has come of age and can neither be hoodwinked by rhetoric nor by money or muscle power," said Singh, Minister of State for Personnel.

20:31 (IST)23 Dec 2020
J-K DDC polls: Margin of victory less than 100 on 19 seats

Nineteen candidates saw an extremely close contest in the maiden District Development Council (DDC) polls in Jammu and Kashmir where the margin of victory was less than 100.

Of these candidates, eight are Independents, followed by three from the BJP, two each from the National Conference and the Congress and one each from the Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party (JKAP), People Democratic Front (PDF) and the Peoples Conference (PC), as per data of the state election authority.

Avtar Singh, a Sikh who contested as Independent candidate in the Dadsara constituency of Pulwama district, won the DDC polls by just three votes.

Singh polled 246 votes while rival NC candidate Ali Mohmmad Bhat polled 243 votes. Khalid Bibi won Larnoo segment of Anantnag district on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ticket with a thin margin of seven votes as she polled 4,580 votes against his rival Independent candidate Sajida Begam, who polled 4,573 votes.

Two candidates lost by just 11 votes in Shopian district. Former BJP minister Sham Lal Choudhary lost in the Suchetgarh constituency of Jammu district by 11 votes.

19:07 (IST)23 Dec 2020
Vote share of BJP shows people have rejected Gupkar: Anurag Thakur

Challenging the PAGD's assertion that the people have spoken out against the abrogation of Article 370 in the DDC polls, Union Minister Anurag Thakur on Wednesday said the BJP and Independents got over 52 per cent votes which shows that the Gupkar alliance has been rejected.

Noting that the BJP has emerged as the single-largest party and its vote share is more than the Gupkar alliance, he claimed that those who were happy with the scrapping of Article 370 voted for the BJP and the Independents. "If you put the BJP and Independents vote share together, it makes over 52 percent votes. This shows J-K people have rejected the Gupkar Gang," he said.

The people of Jammu and Kashmir have spoken out against "terrorism and separatism" and voted in favour of democracy and nationalism, the BJP leader, who was actively involved in the campaign, said.

"As in different states where parties ganged up against the BJP and Modi ji, such a gang was given the name of Gupkar here. But they have together failed to dent the BJP," Thakur told reporters here.

18:33 (IST)23 Dec 2020
Administration trying to collect independent candidates for BJP: Omar Abdullah

National Conference leader and former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah has alleged the J&K administration is 'collecting' independent candidates for the BJP which won 75 seats in the DDC elections. 

Taking to Twitter, omar alleged than an an ex-MLC of the National Conference was prevented from contacting the independent DDC members elected in his district, and that the authorities are transporting the members to Srinagar. 

18:23 (IST)23 Dec 2020
PAGD's success clear indication of what people of J-K want: CPI(M)'s Tarigami

CPI(M) leader Mohammed Yousuf Tarigami said on Wednesday the result of the District Development Council polls went in favour of the People's Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) and it was a clear indication that the people of Jammu and Kashmir want "restoration of their rights".

Tarigami said, "The verdict is an eye-opener for the BJP government, which had launched a propaganda last August that people of Jammu and Kashmir have accepted its arbitrary and unconstitutional decision of revoking the erstwhile state's special status under Article 370."

18:18 (IST)23 Dec 2020
Final results in: PAGD gets 110 seats, BJP single-largest party with 75

The People's Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) swept the maiden District Development Council (DDC) polls by winning 110 seats, while the BJP emerged as the single largest party by getting 75 seats after securing the largest vote share in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said on Wednesday.

The results of two constituencies - one each in Bandipora and Kupwara districts of north Kashmir - are still awaited as counting of votes has been deferred there till further orders, they said.

The counting of votes for the 280 DDC constituencies - 14 each in 20 districts - started on Tuesday morning after the peaceful culmination of the eight-phase election from November 28 to December 19. This was the first democratic exercise in Jammu and Kashmir post abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of the erstwhile state into union territories last year.

Out of the 278 seats for which results have been declared by the J-K Election Commission so far, besides the PAGD and the BJP, Independent candidates have won 50, Congress 26, Apni Party 12, PDF and the National Panthers Party two each and the BSP one.

18:03 (IST)23 Dec 2020
Apni Party bags 12 seats in its maiden election in J&K

Apni Party, which was formed nine months ago, has bagged 12 seats and over 38,000 votes in the first election it has contested in Jammu and Kashmir. Led by former minister and Kashmir's top businessman Altaf Bukhari, the Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party was formed on March 8 with some senior leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Congress to give the people of Kashmir an alternative to the bipolar setup of the NC and the PDP.

While the party bagged three seats from Jammu region, the rest were from Kashmir valley. As per data, it got a vote share of over 38,000 votes.

The party's Ajaz Ahmed Khan, a former Congress minister and veteran Gujjar leader, won DDC elections from Thuroo segment of Reasi district by 1578 votes, as per the data of election authority.

He polled 4,904 votes while Mohammad Ashraf of NC got 3,326 votes. He was a minister in the NC-Congress government and a two-time MLA.

Apni Party candidates Yasmeen won from Chasana segment of Reasi district and Nasreen Akhtar from Bhudal-new segment of Rajouri district.

The party bagged seats in Bandopra-A (Bandipora), Kunzar, Tangmarg (both in Baramulla), Tanghar (Kupwara), Kellar (Shopian), Harwan-II, Srinagar-III and Khanmoh-I (both in Srinagar).

17:30 (IST)23 Dec 2020
J&K DDC election results: Stats at 5:30 pm

Stats at 5:30 am

17:27 (IST)23 Dec 2020
Amit Shah on DDC polls result

"I heartily thank our sisters and brothers of J&K for voting BJP as the single largest party in the District Development Council elections. BJP under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi will continue to work relentlessly towards the prosperity and development of the J&K region," Union Home Minister Amit Shah said in a tweet.

He also congratulated people of J-K for the turnout in DDC polls. "I applaud the efforts of our security forces and local administration for successfully conducting these multi-phased elections. This will further boost the morale and trust of people of J-K in democracy," he added.

17:17 (IST)23 Dec 2020
Fight with me politically, not through NIA, ED and CBI: Mehbooba Mufti to BJP

"I want to tell all BJP leaders that fight with me politically, not through NIA, ED and CBI. Democracy is about fundamental rights," PDP leader and former J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti said on Wednesday.

16:22 (IST)23 Dec 2020
Centre should listen to the voice of people of J-K: Omar Abdullah

The Centre should listen to the people's voice against the abrogation of Article 370 since it has itself termed the DDC polls as a victory of democracy, National Conference (NC) vice-president Omar Abdullah said on Wednesday.

Abdullah, who was addressing party workers at NC headquarters Nawa-i-Subah, said the people have made clear their view by supporting the People's Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) in the District Development Council polls.

"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 huge majority that they do not accept (the decisions of) August 5, 2019," Abdullah was quoted saying by PTI.

"We also accept it (that democracy has won). When did we say that we do not trust democracy? It is another thing that you do not trust us. We have been saying this from day one that we will fight for our rights but not unlawfully or unconstitutionally. We are not for disturbing the atmosphere in this state, but to make it better," Abdullah added.

Omar Abdullah speaks during a meeting with his party workers a day after the District Development Council elections result in Srinagar. (AP)




15:12 (IST)23 Dec 2020
DDC polls: Here are the latest stats

Here are the latest stats:

PAGD
: 110
BJP: 75
Independents: 50
Congress: 26
JKAP: 12

Counting for Drugmulla, Kupwara and Hajin-A, Bandipora remains on hold.

15:05 (IST)23 Dec 2020
DDC polls: PAGD gets clear majority in 6 of 20 J-K districts, BJP in 5

The PAGD has got a clear majority in six districts, followed by the BJP in five in the maiden DDC election in Jammu and Kashmir but the alliance of seven mainstream parties has got an edge over the saffron party in six other districts as it is just short of one or two seats for the majority.

Independent candidates hold sway in the rest of the two districts--Srinagar and Poonch--where they have won seven seats each. An independent candidate is also leading in another seat in Poonch district, where the counting for one of the constituencies is still in progress.

Results of four constituencies - one each in Bandipora and Kupwara districts of north Kashmir and Poonch and Rajouri districts in Jammu region - are still awaited. (PTI)

14:40 (IST)23 Dec 2020
DDC poll results show that 'Gupkar Gang' has lost its credibility: BJP

Targeting the Gupkar Alliance, the BJP said that the DDC poll results show that the 'Gupkar Gang has lost credibility.' "It is important to know that independent candidates have polled more votes than the Congress and the PDP. The same Mehbooba Mufti who'd refused to unfurl the Tricolour has got a befitting reply today. The combined vote share of the Independent candidates and the BJP amounts to a little over 52%. This is a clear indication that the Gupkar Gang has lost its credibility and the trust of the people."

14:29 (IST)23 Dec 2020
After DDC poll results, BJP won't conduct Assembly elections anytime soon: Omar Abdullah

Speaking about the results, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said, "This election has proved that no matter what you do against National Conference, you can't put an end to its existence. Only Almighty or public has that power. Spread lies & propaganda but truth will come out someday." Adding that the party can imporve in some areas, Omar said, "With this defeat, I don't think BJP govt will conduct Assembly elections here anytime soon. They would have announced the polls by now had they believed in democracy. So, we have time to strengthen our party." (ANI)

14:24 (IST)23 Dec 2020
Five of seven former ministers secure wins in J-K DDC polls

Five out of the seven former ministers who contested the DDC election in Jammu and Kashmir have won, while two belonging to the BJP suffered defeats, according to data issued by the state election authority (SEA). Senior Congress leader and former minister Taj Mohiuddin, who was in the fray for Parenpillan constituency of Uri tehsil in north Kashmir's Baramulla district, won the seat with a margin of 1,596 votes, officials said. Taj, who held several terms as minister and MLA, polled 9,741

Veteran NC leader and former minister Abdul Gani, who contested from Mahore seat in Reasi district, won the election by a margin of 351 votes. He polled 4,833 votes and defeated independent candidate Shafi-ur-Rehman, who got 4,482 votes. Gani has been MLA and a former minister in the Omar Abdullah government. Jagjeevan Lal, a senior NC leader and former minister, won the Reasi seat by defeating BJP's Chaman Lal by 237 votes. Lal polled 4,507 votes against Lal's 4270. Former Congress minister and veteran Gujjar leader Ajaz Ahmed Khan, who joined the J&K Apni Party, won the DDC election from Thuroo segment of Reasi district by 1,578 votes, according to the SEA data.

A veteran Pahari leader and former Congress minister, Shabir Ahmed Khan won the Manjakote seat in Rajouri district with a margin of 3,394 votes as he polled 8,714 votes against Shafat Khan, who got 5,320 votes. Shabir Khan was minister in the NC-Congress government led Omar Abdullah.

Former BJP ministers Sham Lal Choudhary and Shakti Raj Parihar, however, lost their seat from Jammu and Doda districts.

14:22 (IST)23 Dec 2020
DDC polls: First time since August 5 downgrade, crucial political space opens in J&K

As expected, BJP bagged six of the 10 DDCs in Jammu Division but it was the Gupkar Alliance’s win in nine out of 10 DDCs in the Kashmir Division that’s the key takeaway.

More than this outcome, it’s the space that this democratic exercise has opened up in the Union Territory, and particularly in the Valley, which assumes significance. It has kickstarted politics, dormant and locked down since August 5 last year when the state was split and downgraded and its special status abrogated. The Alliance members’ decision to contest has been vindicated by the outcome.

Kashmiris will have representatives people can go to with their day-to-day grievances and institutions whose doors they can knock on. Logon ki sunwai hogi (people will be heard), and funds will reach these Councils based on the size of their population.

14:18 (IST)23 Dec 2020
BJP sails through Jammu division, sweep halted in some districts

The BJP emerged victorious in District Development Councils (DDC) in Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Udhampur districts, besides Doda district of Chenab Valley region, as the counting progressed on Tuesday.

The saffron party emerged as the single largest party by reaching the halfway mark by winning seven of 14 DDC constituencies in Reasi district as well, but its winning spree in Jammu division of the Union Territory was halted by the National Conference and Independents in Poonch and Rajouri districts of Pir Panjal region, besides Ramban and Kishtwar districts of Chenab Valley adjoining Kashmir.

13:35 (IST)23 Dec 2020
DDC election result is a victory of Indian govt's policies: Ram Madhav

"The DDC election result is a victory of the policies of the Govt of India, and of the Jammu & Kashmir administration in successfully conducting the polls. The greatest win is for the locals who have endorsed the country's democratic system," BJP leader Ram Madhav said. (ANI)

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Seven political parties, including the NC and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), contested the polls in an alliance, under the banner of PAGD formed for restoration of Article 370. The Congress was initially a part of the PAGD but distanced itself when the BJP targeted the opposition party for being in league with the 'Gupkar Gang'. The elections will decide the fate of nearly 2,181 candidates for the 280 DDC seats in Jammu and Kashmir. The elections, held in eight phases, began on November 28 and ended on December 19.

The elections to this third tier of the Panchayati Raj system were held for the first time in Jammu and Kashmir and were the first mass polls after the abrogation of provisions of Article 370 in August 2019.

Meanwhile, re-polling in four polling stations in Jammu and Kashmir’s Mendhar area of border Poonch district was held on Monday, with nearly 22 per cent of the electorate having cast their vote in the maiden DDC polls during the first two hours.

The UT’s State Election Commission had on Friday ordered re-polling in four polling stations following a report by the District Panchayat Election Officer, Poonch, Rahul Yadav, about incidents of “violence and unlawful activities” during the seventh phase held last Wednesday.

In the final phase, the UT recorded nearly 51 per cent voting, with three districts in the Valley recording under 10 per cent voting. In all districts of the Jammu division, voting averages remained above 60 per cent with Poonch noting the highest — 83.5 per cent. The highest voting average recorded for the 10 districts of the Valley was 40.6 per cent which dropped to 29.9 per cent in the final phase of the polls.

Jammu averaged above 60 per cent voting in all phases, noting its highest voting average of 72.7 per cent on Saturday.

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