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DDC Elections: BJP opens account in Kashmir for first time

Asif Suhaf, Srinagar: In the DDC elections held in about 280 seats, there is tough competition between the BJP and the Gupkar Committee. 

However, there is some good news for the BJP as its account was opened for the first time in Kashmir. BJP DDC candidate Ejaz Hussain has won from the Balhama seat in Srinagar.

The counting of votes for the District Development Council (DDC) in Jammu and Kashmir began on Tuesday. Among the early trends, the BJP was leading in 50 constituencies and the Gupkar Group (PAGD) in 73 constituencies. The results of the DDC will decide the fate of 2,178 candidates who have tried their luck in eight phase elections.

As per the early trends, there is a close fight between the BJP and the People’s Alliance for Guptkar Declaration (PAGD). As per the initial trend of 186 constituencies, BJP candidates are leading in 50 seats while PAGD candidates are leading in 73 constituencies.

The total polling percentage in all eight phases in the union territory is 51.42 percent and more than 30 lakh votes are being counted at counting centers in Jammu and Kashmir.

DC Jammu, Sushma Chauhan said that adequate security arrangements have been made at the counting centers. Maintaining law and order is the priority of administration. “Victory processions are being regulated. There will be no victory processions or disturbances in the process during the counting,” he said.

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