Jammu and Kashmir BDC Election Result 2019 Updates: Independent candidates win 217 blocks, BJP bags 81, says J&K CEO Shailendra Kumar

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Jammu and Kashmir BDC Election Result 2019 Updates: Independent candidates win 217 blocks, BJP bags 81, says J&K CEO Shailendra Kumar
  • 20:54 (IST)

    Independents win 217 blocks in Jammu and Kashmir BDC polls; BJP bags 81

    Independent candidates won 217 of the 310 Block Development Councils in Jammu and Kashmir, elections for which took place on Thursday, with the BJP winning 81 blocks. J&K Chief Electoral Officer Shailendra Kumar confirmed the party-wise position. "BJP won 81, Indian National Congress 1, Jammu & Kashmir National Panthers Party 8, BSP 0, Independent 217," he said.

  • 18:43 (IST)

    BJP fails to win single block in border district Poonch

    Independent candidates win all the eleven blocks in the border district of Poonch. BJP fails to open an account in the district.

    Input by Jamsheed Malik/101Reporters

  • 18:34 (IST)

    JK National Panthers Party wins 8 of 17 blocks in Udhampur district; BJP wins four

    The Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) won eight of the 17 blocks in Udhampur district while the BJP managed to win just four blocks. The Bhim Singh-led JKNPP won Janganoo, Khoon, Kulwanta, Latti Marothi, Majalta, Parli Dhar, Ramnagar, and Chanunta blocks in the district. The BJP, on the other hand, won in four blocks namely Dudu Basantgarh, Ghordi, Panchari and Udhampur.

    Input by Amit Sharma/101Reporters

  • 18:20 (IST)

    Independent candidate Jameel Ahmed wins from a block in Poonch

    Jameel Ahmed, an independent candidate, who won from a block in Poonch district said that he will work towards improving the lives of the constituents and resolving the issues faced by the various panches and sarpanches in the block.

    Input by Jamsheed Malik/101Reporters

  • 18:11 (IST)

    'Successful' BDC elections giving nightmares to Abdullah-Mufti family, says BJP's Vibodh Gupta

    Senior BJP leader Vibodh Gupta termed the BDC elections in Jammu and Kashmir as "successful" and a nightmare to the Abdullah and Mufti family in the state.

    "The success of the BDC elections and democracy at the grassroots level are some achievements of the Narendra Modi-led BJP government at the Centre that has become the biggest nightmare for the Abdullah-Mufti family," Vibodh said adding that the election testifies the fact that every community of the society is willing to contribute to BJP's mission of "New Jammu and Kashmir".

    "The smooth conduct of BDC election is a tight slap on the faces of those who never wanted democracy to flourish in Jammu and Kashmir," said BJP leader Vibodh Gupta while congratulating all elected candidates in Rajouri.

    Input by Amit Sharma/101Reporters

  • 17:22 (IST)

    Independent candidates bag eight blocks, BJP wins four in Reasi district

    In the Reasi district of Jammu, out of the 12 blocks, Independent candidates have won in eight blocks while the BJP has won in the four remaining blocks — Arnas, Bhomag, Jij Bagli and Panthal.

    Input by Amit Sharma/101Reporters

  • 16:47 (IST)

    27 candidates win unopposed; counting underway in remaining BDCs

    A total of 1,092 candidates were in the fray in the election for chairpersons of 310 BDCs in Jammu and Kashmir, that was held on was held on Thursday. Of them, candidates in 27 BDCs were elected unopposed. The electoral exercise, the first in the state after the abrogation of its special status, was boycotted by the Congress, the National Conference and the PDP.

    — PTI

  • 16:05 (IST)

    On eve of BDC polls, Militants set ablaze school in Pulwama

    A day before the Jammu and Kashmir block development council (BDC) election, militants had set a government higher secondary school at Nehama in Pulwama district on fire. 

    The school was designated as a polling station for the polls which was conducted on Thursday. 

    The setting ablaze of the Nehama school was second such incident in two days. On tuesday, militants had targetted another school in Kulgam's Damhal area. 

  • 15:29 (IST)

    Final voter turnout of all 22 districts in Jammu and Kashmir BDC polls

    The final voter turnout in most districts of the 22 districts in Jammu and Kashmir was above 95 percent with the maximum in Srinagar, where a 100 percent turnout was registered.  

    Input by Amit Sharma/101Reporters

  • 15:07 (IST)

    Seven of nine blocks in Samba records 100% polling 

    In Samba district, 889 of the total 893 votes were polled. District Development Commissioner of Samba, Rohit Khajuria, said that seven blocks out of total nine blocks witnessed 100 percent polling.

    Input by Bivek Mathur/101Reporters

  • 14:58 (IST)

    Block Development Council election concluded peacefully

    The final voters turnout in seven of the 10 districts in Jammu division: 

    Udhampur 99.37%
    Samba 99.55%
    Reasi 99.70%
    Kathua 99.38%
    Kishtwar 99.48%
    Doda 99.58%
    Rajouri 99.40%
    Jammu 99.50%

    Input by Bivek Mathur

  • 14:46 (IST)

    Jammu district records voter turnout of 99.5% 

    In the Jammu and Kashmir Block Development Council (BDC), the Jammu district recorded a final voter turnout of 99.5 percent. Eleven of the 20 blocks – Akhnoor, Arnia, Chowki Choura, Kharah Balli, Khour, Maira Mandrian, Mathwar, Miran Sahib, Nagrota, Pargwal and RS Pura – recorded a turnout of 100 percent. 

    Picture by Tarun Upadhyay/101Reporters

  • 14:38 (IST)

    In Video: Senior Superintendent of Police Rajouri took stock of the situation in polling booths in Rajouri 

    SSP Rajouri Yougal Manhas said no untoward incidents were reported in Rajouri and peaceful polling was carried out in the entire district.

    Input by Sumit Bhargav/101Reporters

  • 14:18 (IST)

    Smooth polling in all 19 blocks of Rajouri with 99.48% voter turnout, no untoward incidents reported: SSP Yougal Manhas

    Senior Superintendent of Police Rajouri Yougal Manhas took stock of the situation in the polling booths in the district and said no untoward incidents were reported with peaceful polling being carried out in the entire district. He also added that no ceasefire violations have taken place either.

    "No ceasefire violation in LoC have taken place. All 19 blocks in Rajouri district have had smooth polling and no untoward incident was reported. In one or two blocks, there was even a turnout 100 percent, with most districts registering 80 to 90 percent turnout," said Yougal. 

    Input by Sumit Bhargav

  • 13:58 (IST)

    Doda BDC election final voter turnout till 1 pm at 99.58%

    In the 17 blocks of Doda district, a total of 74 candidates — 28 women and 46 men were in the fray. Around 1,900 elected sarpanches and panches have cast their votes to elect to elect chairpersons of BDCs

    Total votes – 1,900
    Votes Polled – 1,884
    Male eelctors – 1,300
    Female electors – 584
    Voter turnout – 99.58%

    Input by Jamsheed Malik/101Reporters

  • 13:49 (IST)

    Voter turnout recorded at 99.48% in Rajouri district till 1 pm

    According to officials, there are 76 candidates in the poll arena from Rajouri district who are contesting in block developments councils (BDC) of Jammu and Kashmir election for the post of a chairperson.  

    Total votes – 2,687
    Total votes polled – 2,673
    Male electors – 1,810
    Female electors – 863

    By Sumit Bhargav

  • 13:39 (IST)

    Block Development Council (BDC) election concludes peacefully across the Valley

    By Arjun Sharma

  • 13:36 (IST)

    Voter turnout recorded at 82% in Shopian 

    The voter turnout recorded in the hill district of Shopian stood at 82 percent, with polling being conducted in two centres, where four candidates were in the poll arena. The total number of voters from these two centres were 34.

    Polling was held peacefully in most districts, especially in Kulgam district. No major untoward incident has been reported during the election.

    "We had conducted voting in two centres in Shopian, where the polling was conducted peacefully. There are four candidates in fray from the district and the fate of them will be decided by 34 voters," said Choudhary Mohammad Yasin, Deputy Commissioner of Shopian.

  • 12:31 (IST)

    In Pictures: Polling underway in Kathua district 

    According to officials, there are 72 candidates in the poll arena from Kathua district who are contesting in block developments councils (BDC) of Jammu and Kashmir election for the post of a chairperson.  

    Picture by Amit Sharma/101Reporters

  • 12:23 (IST)

    Udhampur sees 50.39% till 11 am 

    The voter turnout in all 17 blocks of Udhampur district till 11 am 

    Total votes – 2,072

    Votes cast – 1,044

    Total percentage – 50.39%

  • 12:06 (IST)

    Rajouri records 62.93% voter turnout 

    The total number of votes polled in Rajouri is 1,691 of a total of 2,687 votes till 11 am.

    Input by Jamsheed Malik/101Reporters

    Total votes 2,687
    Votes Polled 1,691
    Male 1107
    Female 584
    Voter turnout 62.93%

  • 11:52 (IST)

    Security beefed up across Kashmir, expecially in southern region 

    The security situation across Kashmir, especially the southern region is beefed up after an untoward incident of burning of a school was reported from Damhal in Kulgam on Tuesday. 

    The security has been tightened in all polling centres across Kashmir with steel barricades being put up on the roads by government forces. The restrictions imposed on citizens have also intensified across different region, but notably in south Kashmir. Combined paramilitary and police forces have been put up to check any untoward incident. 

  • 11:19 (IST)

    Voter turnout till 10 am recorded at 17 blocks is 20.08 percent 

    In seventeen blocks – Chanunta, Chenani, Dudu, Ghordi, Jaganoo, Khoon, Kulwanta, Latti Marothi, Majalta, Moungri, Narsoo, Panchari, Parli Dhar, Ramanagar, Sewna, Tikri and Udhamour – the total number of votes polled till 10 am is 416. The voter turnout of all these 17 blocks is recorded at 20.08 percent. 

  • 11:03 (IST)

    Peaceful voting underway in Jammu's Rajouri

    A woman in Rajouri posed showing the ink mark on her finger after casting her vote for the Jammu and Kashmir Block Development Council (BDC) election. 

    Photo by Amit Sharma

  • 10:49 (IST)

    Polling going on smoothly in Jammu's Rajouri district 

    Shammi Akhtar, a voter at the Jammu and Kashmir Block Development Council election, said that she was happy to vote and urged the government to improve the facilities and infrastructure in the area.

    Input and Video by Sumit Bhargav/101Reporters

  • 10:43 (IST)

    860 polling staff deployed for BDC polls 

    A total of 164 observers, 280 Returning Officers, 280 Assistant Returning Officers and 860 polling staff has been deployed for the Jammu and Kashmir Block Development Council (BDC) polls.

    The polling is expected to continue till 1 pm followed by counting from 3 pm. Most of the results will be declared by Thursday evening. 

  • 10:34 (IST)

    No reports of untoward incidents till now, say officials 

    Jammu district electoral officer Sushma Chauhan said there were no reports untoward incident reported from anywhere in Jammu.

    "Tight security has been put in place at all the polling stations and candidates to ensure peaceful polling. Due care has been taken about the security of panchs and sarpanches who are going to vote for the BDC polls," the officials said.

  • 10:03 (IST)

    Jammu and Kashmir block development council polls begin amid tight security

    Polling in the Jammu and Kashmir block development council (BDC) began on Thursday morning amid tight security, with the Congress, National Conference and the PDP boycotting the first electoral exercise after abrogation of the state's special status.
     
    "The polling has started at all the polling stations from 9.00 am this morning. There has been no reports of delay from anywhere," state Chief Electoral Officer Shailender Kumar told PTI.
     
    Polling will be held from 9 am to1 pm and the results would be announced later in the day.

  • 10:00 (IST)

    Both tragedy and a farce: Congress' Manish Tewari as major Oppostion parties boycott BDC polls 

    In light of the Block Development Council polls scheduled to be conducted on Thursday, Congress member Manish Tewari took a swipe at the BJP as the main Opposition parties have chosen to stay away from the electoral exercise. 

    "Both tragedy and a farce. An election where the three parties who matter in Jammu & Kashmir – INC, NC and PDP are not participating," said Tewari. 

  • 09:48 (IST)

    Ballot boxes to be used for BDC polls

    Chief electoral Office has said that the chairpersons for Block Development Council (BDC) will be elected through secret ballot and ballot boxes will be used during the elections of the BDCs. 

  • 09:43 (IST)

    Eighty two candidates in fray from Jammu division 

    In Jammu division there are 82 candidates in fray, 74 candidates from Doda, 44 from Kishtiwar, 43 from Ramban, 39 in Reasi, 58 in Udhampur, 72 in Kathua, 36 Samba, 76 in Rajouri, and 61 in Poonch.

  • 09:24 (IST)

    Kupwara sees highest number of candidates, Shopian lowest at four 

    The highest number of 101 candidates are trying their luck from north Kashmir's Kupwara district, followed by nearby Baramulla (90), Jammu (82), Rajouri (76), Doda (74), Kathua (72) Udhampur and Budgam (58 each), Kishtwar (44), Ramban (43) and Reasi (39), officials said.

    Leh and Kargil districts together accounted for 74 candidates – 38 from Kargil and 36 from Leh, while Shopian district in south Kashmir has the lowest number of only four candidates.

  • 09:14 (IST)

    Security beefed up around vital installations, including airport, railway stations and civil secretariat

    Director General of Police Dilbag Singh on Wednesday reviewed the law and order situation in Jammu region and directed for beefing up of security around vital installations, including the airport, railway stations and civil secretariat.
     
    The DGP chaired the high level joint meeting of various security agencies at Police Control Room here and took stock of the security situation in Jammu region, preparedness for Block Development Council (BDC) Election, situation on the borders, security of the airport, railway stations and vital installations, a police spokesman said.
     
    Singh directed that security around the vital installations, including the airport, railway stations and Civil Secretariat – the seat of Jammu and Kashmir government – be beefed up, the spokesman said.

  • 09:05 (IST)

    Elections in Jammu and Kashmir after two months of shutdown 

    The elections are being held even as Kashmir has witnessed unrelenting shutdown of the shops and business establishments while the public transport remains off the roads since 5 August.

    Former Minister and Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party leader Harsh Dev Singh said that the party couldn't field the candidates due to the curbs on their movement. "We are contesting on only 15-20 seats and couldn't give the tickets to the candidates in Srinagar due to the curbs on our movement. We were only released few days back after 58 days of detention," he said. 

  • 08:58 (IST)

    What do you mean by Jammu and Kashmir Block Development Council election?

    Panchayat bodies in Jammu and Kashmir have enjoyed less autonomy compared to those in the rest of the country since the 73rd and 74th amendments to the Constitution, which gave financial and political autonomy to panchayats and municipalities, were never applied to the state. Instead, it was the J&K Panchayati Raj Act that has been in force here and under which the upcoming BDC elections are being held.

    While under the Jammu and Kashmir Act, it’s the panches and sarpanches who elect the Block Council chairperson, under the provisions of the 73rd amendment, there are direct elections to these posts. Likewise, any citizen from a particular block can contest for the office of block member or chairperson under the 73rd amendment, while the J&K Act says only a sarpanch or a panch can contest for the post of BDC chairperson.

  • 08:54 (IST)

    Of 27 elected candidates as BDC chairpersons, 15 belongs to BJP, says party leader Avinash Rai Khanna 

    Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national vice president Avinash Rai Khanna had said that of the 27 BDC chairpersons who were declared elected unopposed, 15 belonged to their party.

    "For us it is a good thing that BJP is making its strides in Kashmir. This time we have more than 1200 elected representatives here," Khanna said. Most of these belong to Kashmir districts like Shopian, Pulwama, Anantnag, Bandipora, Budgam, Baramulla and Ganderbal.

     
     

  • 08:40 (IST)

    Candidates in 27 blocks elected unopposed; 1,065 left in fray for 283 BDCs

    The chief electoral officer earlier said that twenty-seven candidates in the 310 blocks have been elected chairpersons in various block developments councils (BDC) of Jammu and Kashmir unopposed.

    “A total of 27 candidates have been elected unopposed in various blocks of Jammu and Kashmir,” said chief electoral officer, Jammu and Kashmir, Shailendra Kumar.

    After the final withdrawal of nomination papers, 1,065 candidates are left in the fray for election of chairpersons for 283 BDCs.

  • 08:30 (IST)

    Major political parties in Jammu and Kashmir boycott BDC polls, allege 'mockery of democracy' by BJP

    The Congress along with the main regional parties — the National Conference and the Peoples Democratic Party — have boycotted the BDC polls citing indifferent attitude of the state administration and continued detention of the party leaders in the Valley.

    "Holding of elections to BDCs at this juncture and forcing the major Opposition parties to stay away from the election is betrayal with the electorates and mockery of democracy," Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) chief spokesperson Ravinder Sharma said.

  • 08:16 (IST)

    Voting to take place in 283 of 316 blocks

    There are 316 blocks in the state, but the election will be held in 310 as two of them are without elected panches and sarpanches, and four blocks reserved for women have no women candidates, the officials said.

    Of the 310 blocks, candidates in 27 blocks have been elected unopposed. So voting will be held only in 283 blocks, The Indian Express reported.

  • 08:14 (IST)

    Over 26,000 panches and sarpanches will vote from their respective blocks

    According to officials, adequate security arrangements are in place at the polling stations, and for over 26,000 panches and sarpanches — elected in November-December in 2018 — who will also vote in their respective blocks to elect the BDC chairpersons.

  • 08:11 (IST)

    Local body polls held to elect Block Development Council chairpersons

    As many as 26,629 electors — 8,313 women and 18,316 men — from across the state will cast their votes in their respective blocks to elect the Block Development Council (BDC) chairpersons. Any panch or sarpanch will be eligible for the post of block chairperson.

  • 08:10 (IST)

    Jammu and Kashmir set for first-ever local body polls after Article 370 move

    The maiden Jammu and Kashmir Block Development Council (BDC) election — the second tier in the Panchayati Raj system — on Thursday (24 October), will see 1,065 candidates in the fray across 310 polling stations.

Jammu and Kashmir BDC Election Result 2019 LATEST Updates: The Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) has won eight of the 17 blocks in Udhampur district while the BJP has managed to win just four blocks. The Bhim Singh-led JKNPP won Janganoo, Khoon, Kulwanta, Latti Marothi, Majalta, Parli Dhar, Ramnagar, and Chanunta blocks in the district. The BJP, on the other hand, won in four blocks namely Dudu Basantgarh, Ghordi, Panchari and Udhampur.

BJP party workers in Rajouri district in Jammu and Kashmir were seen celebrating on the streets after the party's candidates in the Jammu and Kashmir Block Development Council elections emerged victorious in several Muslims areas of the district.

Saffron party candidate Mohammad Aslam from Darhal, Zahida Ashraf from Khwas, Darbar Choudhary from Rajouri, Parveen Akhter from Plangarh, Shamshad Begum from Manjakote and Advocate Khaliq Hussain from Qila Darhal, were among the key winners from the district.

"The smooth conduct of BDC election is a tight slap on the faces of those who never wanted democracy to flourish in Jammu and Kashmir," said BJP leader Vibodh Gupta while congratulating all elected candidates in Rajouri.

"The success of the BDC elections and democracy at the grassroots level are some achievements of the Narendra Modi-led BJP government at the Centre that has become the biggest nightmare for the Abdullah-Mufti family," Vibodh added.

Meanwhile, in the Reasi district of Jammu, out of the 12 blocks, Independent candidates have won in eight blocks while the BJP has won in the four remaining blocks — Arnas, Bhomag, Jij Bagli and Panthal.

A total of 1,092 candidates are in the fray in the election for chairpersons of 310 BDCs in Jammu and Kashmir, that was held on was held on Thursday. Of them, candidates in 27 BDCs have been elected unopposed. The electoral exercise, the first in the state after the abrogation of its special status, was boycotted by the Congress, the National Conference and the PDP.

The final voter turnout in most districts of the 22 districts in Jammu and Kashmir was above 95 percent with the maximum in Srinagar, where a 100 percent turnout was registered.

In the Jammu and Kashmir Block Development Council (BDC), the Jammu district recorded a final voter turnout of 99.5 percent. Eleven of the 20 blocks – Akhnoor, Arnia, Chowki Choura, Kharah Balli, Khour, Maira Mandrian, Mathwar, Miran Sahib, Nagrota, Pargwal and RS Pura – recorded a turnout of 100 percent.

Senior Superintendent of Police Rajouri Yougal Manhas took stock of the situation in the polling booths in the district and said no untoward incidents were reported with peaceful polling being carried out in the entire district. He also added that no ceasefire violations have taken place either.

"No ceasefire violation in LoC have taken place. All 19 blocks in Rajouri district have had smooth polling and no untoward incident was reported. In one or two blocks, there was even a turnout 100 percent, with most districts registering 80 to 90 percent turnout," said Yougal.

The voter turnout recorded in the hill district of Shopian stood at 82 percent, with polling being conducted in two centres, where four candidates were in the poll arena. The total number of voters from these two centres were 34.

Polling was held peacefully in most districts, especially in Kulgam district. No major untoward incident has been reported during the election.

"We had conducted voting in two centres in Shopian, where the polling was conducted peacefully. There are four candidates in fray from the district and the fate of them will be decided by 34 voters," said Choudhary Mohammad Yasin, Deputy Commissioner of Shopian.

According to officials, there are 72 candidates in the poll arena from Kathua district who are contesting in block developments councils (BDC) of Jammu and Kashmir election for the post of a chairperson.

The total number of votes polled in Rajouri is 1,691 of a total of 2,687 votes till 11 am. In seventeen blocks – Chanunta, Chenani, Dudu, Ghordi, Jaganoo, Khoon, Kulwanta, Latti Marothi, Majalta, Moungri, Narsoo, Panchari, Parli Dhar, Ramanagar, Sewna, Tikri and Udhamour – the total number of votes polled till 10 am is 416. The voter turnout of all these 17 blocks is recorded at 20.08 percent.

Peaceful voting in Rajouri district of Jammu region is currently underway amid heavy security arrangements.

A total of 164 observers, 280 Returning Officers, 280 Assistant Returning Officers and 860 polling staff has been deployed for the Jammu and Kashmir Block Development Council (BDC) polls.

Polling in the Jammu and Kashmir block development council (BDC) began on Thursday morning amid tight security, with the Congress, National Conference and the PDP boycotting the first electoral exercise after abrogation of the state's special status.

"The polling has started at all the polling stations from 9.00 am this morning. There has been no reports of delay from anywhere," state Chief Electoral Officer Shailender Kumar told PTI.

The highest number of 101 candidates are trying their luck from north Kashmir's Kupwara district, followed by nearby Baramulla (90), Jammu (82), Rajouri (76), Doda (74), Kathua (72) Udhampur and Budgam (58 each), Kishtwar (44), Ramban (43) and Reasi (39), officials said.

Leh and Kargil districts together accounted for 74 candidates – 38 from Kargil and 36 from Leh, while Shopian district in south Kashmir has the lowest number of only four candidates.

Director General of Police Dilbag Singh on Wednesday reviewed the law and order situation in Jammu region and directed for beefing up of security around vital installations, including the airport, railway stations and civil secretariat.

The DGP chaired the high level joint meeting of various security agencies at Police Control Room here and took stock of the security situation in Jammu region, preparedness for Block Development Council (BDC) Election, situation on the borders, security of the airport, railway stations and vital installations, a police spokesman said.

The chief electoral officer earlier said that twenty-seven candidates in the 310 blocks have been elected chairpersons in various block developments councils (BDC) of Jammu and Kashmir unopposed.

“A total of 27 candidates have been elected unopposed in various blocks of Jammu and Kashmir," said chief electoral officer, Jammu and Kashmir, Shailendra Kumar.

After the final withdrawal of nomination papers, 1,065 candidates are left in the fray for election of chairpersons for 283 BDCs.

The maiden Jammu and Kashmir Block Development Council (BDC) election — the second tier in the Panchayati Raj system — on Thursday (24 October), will see 1,065 candidates in the fray across 310 polling stations. The mainstream political parties — NC, PDP and the Congress — have boycotted the first electoral exercise in the state after the Centre's 5 August decision to scrap the special status under Article 370.

As many as 26,629 electors — 8,313 women and 18,316 men — from across the state will cast their votes in their respective blocks to elect the BDC chairpersons. Any panch or sarpanch will be eligible for the post of block chairperson.

According to officials, adequate security arrangements are in place at the polling stations, and for over 26,000 panches and sarpanches — elected in November-December in 2018 — who will also vote in their respective blocks to elect the BDC chairpersons.

 Jammu and Kashmir BDC Election Result 2019 Updates: Independent candidates win 217 blocks, BJP bags 81, says J&K CEO Shailendra Kumar

Security personnel keep vigil as voters line up outside a polling booth in Jammu and Kashmir. Image credit: Arjun Sharma/101Reporters

There are 316 blocks in the state, but the election will be held in 310 as two of them are without elected panches and sarpanches, and four blocks reserved for women have no women candidates, the officials said.

Of the 310 blocks, candidates in 27 blocks have been elected unopposed. So voting will be held only in 283 blocks, The Indian Express reported.

The election department informed that 1,092 nominations, including 853 Independents candidates and 218 from the BJP, were found eligible after scrutiny and withdrawal.

The highest number of candidates are in north Kashmir's Kupwara district (101) and the lowest in south Kashmir's Shopian (4), PTI reported.

There are 90 candidates in Baramulla, 82 in Jammu, 76 in Rajouri, 74 in Doda, 72 in Kathua, 58 each in Udhampur and Budgam, 44 in Kishtwar, 43 in Ramban and 39 in Reasi, the officials said.

Leh and Kargil districts together account for 74 candidates, 38 from Kargil and 36 from Leh.Five candidates are in the fray from Srinagar district.

Speaking to The Indian Express, J&K’s Chief Electoral Office Shailendra Kumar said, "We are ready and everything is in place. All polling material has been despatched and the staff have been trained. Counting will take place immediately after the elections are over."

According to officials, the BDC polls will pave the way for elections to the District Planning and Development Boards (DPDB), the third-tier of Panchayati Raj, and thus spur development in the state.

Meanwhile, the state unit of Congress on Wednesday accused the BJP of making a "mockery of democracy" by "forcing" the main Opposition parties to stay away from the electoral exercise.

The Congress along with the main regional parties — the National Conference and the Peoples Democratic Party — have boycotted the BDC polls citing indifferent attitude of the state administration and continued detention of the party leaders in the Valley.

"Holding of elections to BDCs at this juncture and forcing the major Opposition parties to stay away from the election is betrayal with the electorates and mockery of democracy," Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) chief spokesperson Ravinder Sharma said.

He said this is the first such election in the history of the state and the country when only the ruling party is in the contest.

"The government went ahead with the BDC election that too on party basis without caring for the basic democratic, rich traditions and fundamental essence for elections in the country. The entire opposition leaders were detained for more than two months (in Jammu) and still most of Opposition leaders in Kashmir are not permitted to move out," he said.

With inputs from agencies 

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Updated Date: Oct 24, 2019 23:38:49 IST