SRINAGAR: Srinagar, the Kashmir capital city has finally emerged as the “political cosmos” of Jammu and Kashmir with everybody having a say. However, independents are the majority. PAGD and Apni
We have fought against the Gang and want to show them that people are inclined more towards @narendramodi ji & @BJP4India than #PAGD in #Kashmir. The people of valley will definitely give seats to @BJP4India owing the popularity of PM in Kashmir. Let all pray for our win.
— Er Aijaz Hussain (@IAmErAijaz) December 22, 2020
On Srinagar district’s 14 District Development Council seats, seven independents have won in Srinagar-I, Qamarwari-I, Qamarwari-II, Harwan-I, II, IV and VI.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won Khanmoh-II which is the first-ever win for the right-wing party in the summer capital. The Peoples Alliances for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) had allocated the seat to Awami National Conference that lost it. In fact ANC did not end up as runner up.
The seat was won by BJP’s Aijaz Hussain Rather (823 votes) from Ghulam Hassan Hajam (381 votes) of JK Apni Party.
In fact, Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party won three DDC constituencies in Srinagar including Harwan-V, Khanmoh-I and Srinagar-III. While Shabir Ahmad Reshi won Harwan-V defeating Ghulam Ahmad Reshi (independent) by 167 votes; Shamima Bano won from Kahmoh-I defeated Fehmida (NC) by 36 votes and Malik Aftab won from Srinagar-III defeating Riyaz Ahmad Ganai of BJP by 174 votes.
The Peoples Democratic Party won Khanmoh-III, National Conference won Harwan -III and Jammu Kashmir Peoples Movement won Srinagar -II.
The NC which had bagged mandates for eight DDC segments by PAGD including six from Harwan along with Khonmoh-I and Srinagar-III lost seven seats. PAGD had allocated one to Khonmoh-III to PDP while JKPM had the mandate of Srinagar-I and Srinagar-II segments.
The PDP won Khonmoh-III but JKPM won only one out of the two allocated seats.
The Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Conference which was contesting on two seats mandated by PAGD including Qamarwari-I and Qamarwari-II have lost both the seats to independent candidates.
In the Srinagar Municipal Corporation by-election for four wards, the National Conference’s Youth President Salman Sagar won from Solina and Soura wards while the Apni Party won Rawalpora seat and the PDP won Islam Yarbal ward.