Sky News Bureau Chandigarh
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 or is leading in 110 seats of the total 280 in the District Development Councils (DDCs).
Even as votes are still being counted, it is clear that the Bhartiya Janata Party is emerging as the single largest party with wins and leads in 75 DDC seats. It is sweeping the Hindu-dominated districts — Jammu, Udhampur, Kathua and Samba — in the Jammu Division, leading in 49 out 56 DDC seats.
Targeting Centre, National Conference (NC) vice-president Omar Abdullah Wednesday said that it (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. “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.
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.