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Independents beat BJP in J&K BDC polls

The independent candidates swept the first-ever Block Development Council (BDC) polls in J&K, winning 217 of the 307 blocks.

Oct 26, 2019, 11.42 AM IST
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(This story originally appeared in on Oct 25, 2019)
SRINAGAR: Independent candidates swept the first-ever Block Development Council (BDC) polls in J&K, winning 217 of the 307 blocks for which elections were held on Thursday and the results declared late in the evening.

BJP, which expected a cakewalk with major political parties boycotting the polls amid detention of their leaders following defanging of Article 370, came a distant second with 81 blocks. NC, PDP and CPM did not take part in the elections.

PM Modi tweeted: “This (peaceful poll) shows the people’s unwavering faith in democracy and the importance they accord to grassroots level governance.”

Chief electoral officer (CEO) Shailendra Kumar, at a press conference on Thursday, told reporters that the voter turnout was overwhelming with “98.3% of 1,065 panches and sarpanches” participating in the polls. While Srinagar district witnessed 100% polling, southern districts of Pulwama and Shopian saw 86.2% and 85.3% voting, respectively, in Kashmir division, he pointed out.

The polling percentage in Pulwama and Shopian has come as a big relief for the J&K administration given that the two districts had seen some major terror attacks in the recent past. A total of 40 personnel were killed on February 14 this year when a carborne suicide attacker rammed his IED-laden car into a CRPF bus.

Independent candidates won the maximum number of 109 out of 128 blocks in Kashmir division. Here, BJP bagged 18 and one block went to Congress, Kumar said. The CEO added that two candidates had fought these elections on Congress symbol though the party had announced to boycott the polls.

“Out of 148 blocks in Jammu, Independents won 88, BJP 52 and J&K Panthers Party (JKPP) 8 while BSP failed to open its account. In Ladakh, out of 31 blocks, Independents won 20 and BJP 11,” Kumar said.

Since major regional parties like National Conference (NC) and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) had boycotted the polls, BJP had a direct fight with JKPP and Independents.

In a setback to BJP, its candidates even lost in the home blocks of their senior leaders, including state president Ravinder Raina, where the opposition parties threw their weight behind the Independents.

Putting out a tweet, PM Modi said: “I am delighted to share that the BDC polls in Jammu, Kashmir, Leh and Ladakh were conducted in a very peaceful manner. There was no violence. This shows the people’s unwavering faith in democracy and the importance they accord to grassroots level governance.”

NC had made clear that it would be able to decide on participating in the BDC elections only after its leadership was released so that a broader consultation could be held. The party’s two former CMs Farooq Abdullah and his son Omar have been in detention since August 5 and so has been PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti.
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