BJP emerges second largest party in J&K
BJP won all 25 seats from Jammu regions and could not open its account in Kashmir valley. National Conference has bagged 15 seats and Congress 12. Seven seats have gone to others. The results have thus thrown up a hung assembly as no single party has touched the magic figure of 44 seats needed to form a government in the State.
Outgoing Chief Minister Omar Abdullah won from Beerwah but lost in Sonawar. He defeated Congress leader Nazir Ahmed in Beerwah but lost to PDP candidate Mohammad Ashraf Mir from Sonawar seat. State Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather was defeated by Ghulam Nabi Lone of PDP from Charar-e-Sharief. This was Rather’s first defeat in the assembly elections since 1977.
PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed won from Anantnag and former JK Bank chairman Haseeb Drabu from Pulwama. The party swept all four Assembly seats in Pulwama district.
In Laddakh, Congress has won three seats while one seat has gone to an Independent candidate. Separatist turned mainstream politician Sajjad Gani Lone defeated National Conference minister Choudhary Mohammad Ramzan from Handwara. Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand of Congress lost to BJP’s Krishan Lal from Chamb constituency by a margin of over 14,700 votes.
Among prominent winners are Omar Abdullah, Mubarak Ahmed Gul, Altaf Ahmed, Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi, Devender Singh Rana, Mohammed Shafi and Ali Mohammed Sagar, all National Conference. Mufti Mohammed Sayeed and Javid Hassan Baig, both PDP Lal Singh of BJP, Sajad Gani Lone of Peoples Conference, Mohammed Yousuf Tarigami of CPIM. Ghulam Mohammed Saroori and Usman Abdul Majid, both of Congress. Among prominent losers are Chaudhary Mohammed Ramzan, Abdul Rahim Rather and Sakina Itoo, all National Conference. Taj Mohiuddin, Salman Anees Soz, Nawang Rigzin, Raman Bhalla and Tara Chand, all Congress. Chaudhary Talib Hussain, Sheikh Abdul Rasheed, Heena Shafi Bhat and Darakhshan Andrabi, all BJP. Qazi Mohammed Afzal, Mohammed Sartaj Madni and Sheikh Mehboob Iqbal, all PDP. Harsh Dev Singh and Balwant Singh Mankotia, both National Panthers Party.
BJP has bagged Jammu East, Jammu West and Gandhinagar seats. Samba, Vijay Pur, Bilawar, Kathua, Basohli, Chennai, Bhaderwah, Doda and Reasi seats have also gone to BJP. Gool Arnas seat has been bagged by Congress. Gulab Garh and Banihal seats have also been won by Congress. Lolab, Rafiabad, Baramula, Sangrama, Gulmarg, Pattan, Zadibal, Batmaloo, Wachi, Noorabad and Bijbehara have been bagged by PDP. Javed Ahmed Rana has been elected from Mendhar over his nearest rival Mohammed Mahroof Khan of PDP. Chaudhary Mohammed Akram of Congress defeated his nearest rival Mushtaq Ahmed Shah of National Conference. Abdul Ghani Kohli of BJP won Kala Kote seat defeating Rachhpal Singh of National Conference. Qamar Hussain of PDP defeated Chaudhary Talib Hussain of BJP from Rajouri. Chaudhary Zulfkar Ali of PDP has been elected from Darhal defeating Choudhary Liaqat Ali of National Conference. In Akhnoor, BJP Candidate Rajiv Sharma has been elected. In Raipur Domana, BJP candidate Bali Bhagat has been declared elected. Sukhnandan Kumar of the same party has been elected from Marh.
BJP and its ally All Jharkhand Students Union has won a clear majority in the state assembly election. Out of 80 results declared so far, BJP has won 37 and its ally AJSU 5 seats in a house of 81. JMM is at second position with 19 seats.
Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik) has won 8 seats while Congress has got 5 seats. Six seats have gone to others.
In Jharkhand, Chief Minister and JMM candidate Hemant Soren won from Barhait constituency in Sahabganj district. He lost Dumka seat to Lois Marandi of BJP by a margin of more than 5000 votes. Former Deputy CM of the State, Stephen Marandi of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha won from Maheshpur constituency, defeating his nearest rival Devidhan Tudu of BJP. Randhir Kumar Singh of JVM (P) won the Sarath seat defeating his nearest BJP rival Uday Kumar Singh. The Speaker of the State Assembly, Shashank Sekhar Bhokt finished third on this seat. Former Chief Minister of JVM Babulal Marandi lost from both the Giridih and Dhanwar constituencies. Another former CM, Arjun Munda of BJP lost the Kharsawan seat to Dasrath Gagrai of JMM. Four time MLA Chandreshwar Prasad Singh of BJP retained the Ranchi seat, defeating Mahua Maji of JMM by more than 58000 votes.