The results of the maiden DDC elections—the first “democratic exercise” after the abrogation of Article 370 on August 5, 2019—are out and have paved a way for the new governance structure bereft of the familiar style of politicking in Jammu and Kashmir.
While Bhartiya Janta Party emerged as the single largest party, People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD), a conglomerate of regional and national parties, bagged 110 seats.
Both these political fronts—BJP and PAGD—are savouring victory in one way or the other.
While the ruling party is terming it as an “ice-breaker” in the valley, the alliance of adversaries-turned-allies sees it “the people’s mandate to reject the August 5, 2019 decision”.
Kashmir Observer spoke to experts who analyse the poll results in context of Kashmir politics. Among other things, they deconstruct the current Lotus-Article political complex in the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.
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