JK Coalition Sweeps LC Polls

NC, Congress Bag 2 Seats Each

SRINAGAR – The ruling combine of National Conference and Congress has swept the Legislative Council polls. Of the four seats reserved under Panchayat quota for which polling was conducted on December 3, the coalition partners bagged two seats each, an official handout said immediately after counting of votes was over today.

For the K-1 constituency of Kashmir division, National Conference candidate, Ali Muhammad Dar, defeated his nearest rival, Peer Muhammad Husain of Peoples Democratic Party by a margin of 2675 votes. Of 16155 votes polled, Dar secured 8586 votes while Husain got 5911 votes.

For the K-2 seat of the division, Ghulam Nabi Monga of Congress defeated his nearest rival, Yasir Reshi of PDP, by a margin of 2565 votes. Monga secured 8659 votes while Reshi got 6094 votes.

For J-1 constituency of Jammu division, Congress candidate, Shyam Lal, defeated his nearest rival, Gurmeet Singh of PDP, by a margin of 7034 votes. Of 14874 votes polled, Shyam Lal secured 9123 votes while Gurmeet secured 2089 votes.

For the J-2 seat of the division, Dr Shahnaz Ganai of National Conference defeated her nearest rival, Ved Prakash Gupta of PDP, by a margin of 6917 votes. Of 14812 votes polled, Ganai secured 9070 votes while Gupta got 2153 votes.

Counting of votes for the two seats each of Kashmir and Jammu divisions, began respectively at the S K International Convention Center, Srinagar, and the Government Polytechnic College, Jammu, this morning amid tight security arrangements. The

Administration at both the places had made elaborate arrangements for counting in presence of the contesting candidates, their agents and media.

Around 93 per cent of the electorate comprising panches and sarpanches had exercised their franchise during the election for which the Election Commission had appointed two observers and some micro-observers to monitor the process.

An analysis of the voting has shown that the coalition got 53.36 per cent vote in Kashmir and 61.15 per cent in Jammu indicating an overall 57.25 per cent in the state. Against this, the PDP got 37.15 per cent vote in Kashmir and 14.25 per cent in Jammu accounting for an overall 25.70 per cent in the state.

Reports said the two winning candidates of Jammu were taken in a procession to the chief minister’s residence while there was lot of rejoining at the houses of the winning candidates in Kashmir.

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