Counting of votes for the first-ever DDC elections, which concluded on December 19, began at 9 am on Tuesday at all district headquarters across the Union Territory amid tight security.
The trends have started to come and it is showing an even battle between BJP and the Gupkar Alliance as early trends show Gupkar Alliance ahead of it. Out of 280 seats, the projections are out for 159 seats which suggest 61 going to PAGD and 51 to BJP.
The eight phased elections are the first polled elections after the scrapping of Article 370 and will decide the course of future politics in the Union territory. These elections will decide the fate of around 2181 candidates of 280 seats of the District Development Council in Jammu and Kashmir.
A day before the counting of votes PDP has alleged that three of its senior leaders have been detained while the police remained silent on the matter. PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti has called out BJP for practicing the manipulation of results and she also called it a form of “Gunda Raj”.
It is reported that at least 20 leaders in various districts of the valley have been taken into preventive detention by the police. In a series of tweets, the opposition has called out BJP for murdering democracy in the Union Territory.
Section 144 remains imposed in various districts of the Valley like Doda so that the law-and-order situation can be maintained. PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti has also alleged that the cops are not letting people vote in the Shopian village.
The fight in these elections is between BJP who has accredited itself with taking the step to abolish Article 370 and seven Kashmir centric political parties including National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party who have formed the Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration. They want the special status of the valley restored at any cost. Congress is fighting alone in these elections as the BJP called it out for supporting the “Gupkar Gang” but its understanding with PAGD likely remains intact.