The BJP won the urban local body elections in four districts of militancy-infested south Kashmir Saturday, winning 53 of the 132 wards, where polls were held over four phases earlier this month, election officials said.
The unprecedented victory for the saffron party has given it control of at least four of the 20 civic bodies in the four districts of Anantnag, Kulgam, Pulwama and Shopian.
The results of 94 wards of south Kashmir have been declared so far in which the Congress has managed to win 28 seats. The party, thus, will have control of at least three municipal bodies.
Jammu and Kashmir Civic Body Poll Results 2018: Highlights
3:35 pm: BJP candidate Bashir Ahmad Mir from Shankarpora was Saturday elected as a corporator of the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) by a slender margin of seven votes. Interestingly, only nine votes were polled in Shankarpora ward in the outskirts of the city on October 8. Mir was so confident that he had announced his victory at the Shankarpora polling station as soon as the voting concluded.
2:27 pm: The BJP on Saturday failed to open its account in Jammu and Kashmir's Ladakh region in the urban local body elections held earlier this month. Out of the total 26 wards in this region, the Congress bagged all the 13 seats in Leh municipal committee. It also won five wards in neighbouring Kargil district, election officials said in Srinagar. Six seats in the region have gone to independent candidates, while the result of only two seats is awaited, they said.
12:52 pm: In Chrar-e-Sharief, Congress won 11 of the 13 seats, while the remaining two seats were vacant. In Chadoora too, the party won six of the eight seats, while there was no candidate for the other five seat
12:51 pm: Elsewhere, Congress won the Budgam municipal committee bagging six seats, while the BJP won four seats. Three seats were vacant.
12:51 pm: The counting of votes of Anantnag and Mattan -- the other two civic bodies in south Kashmir -- is going on and the results are expected later Saturday.
12:50 pm: Independents bagged 13 seats in the polls.
12:49 pm: Congress also won in Kokernag municipal committee, bagging six of the eight seats. In Yaripora, the party bagged three seats, while the remaining three seats were vacant due to absence of candidates.
12:48 pm: In Pahalgam municipal committee, the party won seven of the 13 seats uncontested, while there were no candidates for the remaining six seats.
12:47 pm: In Pahalgam municipal committee, the party won seven of the 13 seats uncontested, while there were no candidates for the remaining six seats.
12:47 pm: The BJP got a simple majority in Qazigund Municipal Committee, winning four of the seven wards. The other three wards had no candidates.
12:46 pm: In Devsar municipal committee, the party won all the eight seats. The area is represented by Congress leader Mohammad Amin Bhat in the legislative assembly.
12:45 pm: BJP has won the urban local body elections in four districts of militancy-infested south Kashmir, winning 53 of the 132 wards, where polls were held over four phases earlier this month.
11:40 am: BANDIPORA MUNICIPAL CORPORATION: FINAL RESULTS
11:40 am: SUMBAL MUNICIPAL CORPORATION: FINAL RESULTS
10:00 am: Counting of votes underway at in Udhampur
09:30 am: Counting underway at Doda counting centre
09:05 am: For other districts, counting is being held at respective district headquarters.
09:00 am: For Srinagar municipal corporation, counting is being held at Sher-e-Kashmir International Convention Centre (SKICC) in Srinagar
08:30 am: Security tightened across state
08:00 am: Counting begins for Civic Body Poll Results 2018
The municipal elections that took place in the state after 13 years, were held in four phases, covering 79 municipal bodies with an electorate of about 17 lakh electors.
A total of 3,372 nominations were filed for 1,145 Wards and the voting was held on October 8, 10, 13 and 16.
The Valley witnessed very low voter turnout while Jammu and Ladakh recorded heavy polling.
Of the 598 wards in Kashmir, 231 candidates were elected unopposed, while there were no candidates in 181 wards.
The overall voting percentage for these polls in the state was 35.1 per cent.