The DDC elections, which were conducted in eight phases, carry prominent importance as it is the first major electoral exercise in the Valley since the abrogation of Article 370.
As of 11.30 am, the trends in the counting of votes for the DDC Elections showed BJP ahead of the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration. The BJP is now leading on 38 seats while the Gupkar Alliance is ahead on 36. The Congress is leading on just 12 seats, lowest among the mainstream parties.
The officials said, “The authorities took 20 leaders, including Sartaj Madni, Mansoor Hussain and Naeem Akhtar of the PDP, into preventive custody during the day. Similar action is being taken against mainstream politicians in other districts of Kashmir valley as well.” Returning officer Muzaffar Ahmad Hurrah said, “There were directions from Election Commission of India that votes for this constituency should not be counted till further communication as one candidate who is in fray belongs to Muzaffarabadad, Pakistan.”