UPDATED: December 23, 2020 | 16:31 IST
BJP leaders have said the Jammu and Kashmir DDC election results are a “victory of hope and democracy” and the Gupkar alliance has lost credibility with the number of votes BJP and independent candidates have secured in the election.
Union minister and BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Wednesday, “DDC results are a victory of hope and democracy. BJP has become the single-largest party in the state, followed by NC (67), PDP (27) and Congress (26).”
“The Gupkar alliance formed just because they were not been able to fight BJP single-handedly. Despite that, BJP got 4.87 lakh votes, NC got 2.82 lakh votes, PDP got 57,000 votes and Congress secured 1.39 lakh votes. BJP has got more than the combined vote share of NC, PDP and Congress. This is the first time BJP has got seats in the Kashmir Valley,” said Ravi Shankar Prasad.
Till the last count, BJP had won 75 seats while Gupkar alliance had secured 112 seats in the DDC election in which BJP has swept Jammu and the alliance won Kashmir. 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 has an edge over BJP in six other districts.
Anurag Thakur, BJP’s in-charge of DDC polls in Jammu and Kashmir said, “It is important to know that independent candidates have polled more votes than the Congress and the PDP. The same Mehbooba Mufti who had refused to unfurl the tricolour has got a befitting reply today.”
“The trust which the people of J&K have put in Modiji, the support which they’ve shown to his policies and to his work to strengthen the democratic principles are the reasons why BJP has got 3 seats in the Kashmir Valley as well,” said Anurag Thakur.
He further added, “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.”
Independent candidates hold sway in 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.
The People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD), which among others includes regional heavyweights National Conference and PDP, swept the maiden District Development Council (DDC) polls by winning 112 seats, while the BJP emerged as the single largest party by getting 75 seats and the maximum vote share in Jammu and Kashmir. Counting is still on in some of the seats.