The Gupkar Alliance, an grouping of six parties, has taken a significant lead over the BJP in the District Development Council (DDC) polls held last week in J&K. Counting is still under way.
Officials said the Alliance has won 52 DDC segments out of 280, while the BJP has won 33. The Alliance is leading in another 52 other seats, while the BJP is leading in 31.
The official figures suggested that PDP has won 19 seats, NC 27, Peoples Conference (PC) one and the CPI(M) five. The Congress has won 13 seats and is leading in 10 others.
The BJP, however, managed to win four seats from the bastions of the regional parties in Srinagar, Shopian and Bandipora.
The recently-floated J&K Apni Party put up a good show in Srinagar, winning four of the 14 segments, while the other regional parties managed to win a single seat each. Seven independents were declared winners from the other segments.
PDP’s Waheed-ur-Rehman Parra, who was arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), won from Pulwama. Independent candidate Safina Baig, wife of ex-PDP leader Muzaffar Hussian Baig, won from Sangrama in north Kashmir.
Senior PDP leader A.R. Veeri’s son has won from Anantnag’s Bijbehara segment.
J&K Pradesh Congress Committee chief G.A. Mir’s son lost the elections in south Kashmir’s Anantnag.
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