Gupkar Alliance won more than 100 seats in the first ever elections held in the state since the abolition of Article 370
Srinagar: The People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration has won nine of 20 districts in the first local polls in Jammu and Kashmir the eradication of article 370 and the transformation of the state into a union territory. In the first-ever District Development Council (DDC) polls in J&K, regional parties surged ahead in Kashmir while the BJP kept an upper hand in the Jammu region.
Seven mainstream J&K-based parties including rivals National Conference and Mehbooba Mufti’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP) combined to form the Gupkar Alliance and has won more than 100 seats; The Congress won 27 seats while the BJP came out as the single largest party with 74 seats.
Each of the 20 districts has 14 seats each for a total of 280 seats. The election was held in 8 phases over a period of 25 days. As of today only one district is yet to be declared.
Gupkar Alliance and BJP lead in Kashmir DDC polls
The results were divided between Jammu and Kashmir. The BJP won 71 seats in Jammu while the Gupkar Alliance won 35 and the congress was limited to 17. In Kashmir the Farooq Abdullah led alliance bagged 72 seats with the Congress and BJP winning 10 and 3 seats respectively.
Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, all former Chief Ministers, live on the Gupkar Road, after which the alliance was named. There were no celebrations in the area.. None of them campaigned for their candidates.
The party alleged that their members were prohibited from campaigning and were limited to security enclosures. These allegations were denied by the central government.
Among the winners is PDP youth president Waheed Para, who was arrested by the National Investigation Agency for alleged links with terrorists soon after he filed his nomination papers from Pulwama in Kashmir Valley.
The Gupkar Alliance was formed in protest against the massive constitutional changes on August 5 last year, in which Article 370 on special status to Jammu and Kashmir was abrogated and the state was turned into two union territories. Many of its leaders, like Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti and others were detained soon after the changes as part of the center’s unprecedented security crackdown in J&K. The Abdullahs were released in March while Mehbooba Mufti was freed after over a year in October