J&K civic body polls: BJP sweeps JMC, Independents emerge single largest group in Kashmir
Srinagar, Oct 20: The BJP swept the Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) elections and made some advances in Kashmir, by winning 100 wards in the valley, in the four-phased Urban Local Bodies elections in the state that were marred by boycott by the NC and PDP.
Independents Saturday emerged as the single largest group in the elections in Kashmir by winning 178 wards across 42 municipal bodies in Kashmir division, including Leh and Kargil, elections authorities said.
The Congress was ahead of the BJP in the valley by bagging 157 wards, while saffron party won in 100 wards, they said.
The civic elections were held for the 52 civic bodies and total of 3,372 nominations were filed for 1,145 wards. The fate of over 3,000 candidates will be decided.
Other important facts about J&K urban local body elections:
- Nearly 17 lakh voters were eligible to vote for 79 urban local bodies of the state but polling was held only for 52.
- No voting was held in 27 civic bodies in the Valley either because there was no candidate or only one candidate had filed nominations for a particular ward.
- Of the 598 wards in Kashmir, 231 candidates were elected unopposed, while there were no candidates on 181 wards.
- The overall voting percentage for these polls in the state stood at 35.1 per cent.
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