While the opening of counting machines on Tuesday was bound to throw some surprises, it seems the winter chill had already cooled down BJP’s prospects of winning a seat from the valley. All the BJP candidates from Kashmir have lost and remained confined to the last ranks in result tables.
BJP’s target of much hyped “Mission 44+” had narrowed down on some of the pro-boycott constituencies and migrant vote. But the results declared on Tuesday reveal BJP’s failure to impress the voters in valley.
Only Moti Kaul , BJP’s Habba Kadal candidate retained his deposits. Other BJP candidates from 29 constituencies in Kashmir have failed to secure their deposits.
According to the norms of Election Commission of India, a candidate’s deposit and bail rights are forfeited if he polls less than one-sixth of the total valid votes cast in a constituency.
On the other hand, BJP has done exceptionally well in Jammu region where the Hindu right-wing party has won 25 seats. The party had won only 11 seats in 2008 assembly polls.