New Delhi: The Farooq Abdullah-led People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) has swept 110 seats out of 280 in the maiden District Development Council (DDC) elections in Jammu and Kashmir. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) emerged as the single-largest party with it winning 74 seats in all. Also Read - Sajad Lone's People's Conference Quits Gupkar Alliance
According to results declared by the J&K Election Commission, Independent candidates won 49 while Congress bagged 26 seats. Apni Party got 12, PDF and National Panthers Party two each and BSP one. Meanwhile, the results for 4 constituencies are yet to be announced. Also Read - 'Can't Even Kiss My Wife', Says Farooq Abdullah, Laments The Pandemic
The eight-phase DDC polls, which began on November 28, is also the first election after Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 was revoked last year and it was reorganised into a Union Territory. In the election, 140 seats each in the Jammu and Kashmir regions went to polls. The counting of the votes had begun on Tuesday morning following eight-phase polls that were held from November 28 to December 19. Also Read - BRO Constructs 110-feet Bailey Bridge at Kela Morh on Jammu-Srinagar Highway in Record Time
The overall voting percentage in all the eight phases across the Union Territory was 51.42 per cent.
The PAGD is an alliance of Kashmir’s mainstream parties which is fighting the elections jointly to prevent the BJP from making inroads in J&K. The PAGD was floated on October 7 for the reversal of constitutional changes made to Jammu and Kashmir on August 5 last year.
National Conference President Farooq Abdullah was appointed the president of the alliance, PDP Chief Mehbooba Mufti its vice president and People’s Conference leader Sajad Lone as the spokesperson and CPI-M leader Yousuf Taragami as its convenor. The flag of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir was adopted as the symbol of the alliance.