J&K municipal elections: Independent candidates win Kashmir, BJP sweeps Jammu

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The counting of votes in Jammu and Kashmir municipal elections have concluded and the independent candidates have emerged as the winners in Kashmir by winning 178 seats while BJP swept Jammu. The counting took place at Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre (SKICC).

Of 624 wards in Kashmir, only 208 witnessed contest, 231 wards were won by candidates uncontested and 185 remained vacant.

The Congress won 157 seats (79 contested and 78 uncontested), BJP won 100 seats (24 contested and 76 uncontested) and the independent candidates have won 178 seats (103 contested and 75 uncontested).

Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked people of Jammu and Kashmir for their support in and also praised BJP workers for their stupendous efforts in the local body elections. He tweeted, “I salute the entire team of @BJP4JnK for their stupendous efforts in the local body elections. I am glad that they reached out to every section of society and explained the Party’s development agenda.”

The Peoples Democratic Alliance (PDP) had boycotted the elections over lack of clarity in the Centre’s stance on Articles 35A.

A total of 3372 nominations were filed for 1145 wards. In total, 52 civic bodies went to polls in four phases amid tight security arrangements in the state.

(With ANI inputs)

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