In the recently concluded Assembly elections the BJP has emerged as the single largest party with 23% votes share in Jammu and Kashmir

BJP Single Largest Party With 23% Votes in Jammu & KashmirJK Poll Results MISSION KASHMIR

  1. The recently concluded Assembly elections in the state of Jammu and Kashmir have had some surprising results. While results for the Assembly elections in Jharkhand have given BJP enough seats to form a government unaided, this is not so in J&K. In spite of this however, the BJP has emerged as the party with the biggest mandate in the Northern state in terms of vote share.
  2. Out of a total number of 87 constituencies, the PDP helmed by Mufti Mohammad Syed and Mehbooba Mufti has won the highest number of seats (28 seats). The BJP has won 25 seats, the second highest in terms of seats; however in terms of vote share, the national ruling party is higher. The PDP’s vote share is 22.7% while the BJP’s is 23%. The National Conference led by Omar Abdullah won 15 seats, the Congress managed 12 seats and 7 seats were captured by independents. (Source – Times)
  3. BJP’s wash out in the Kashmir valley and the Ladakh region is significant however. The party clearly doesn’t have much of a following in these regions. Also the party fell far short of the ambitious 44 seat mark that it had set its sights on. (Source)
  4. In spite of the highly fractured poll results, the numbers that emerge from these J&K elections have several takeaways however: this has been a decisive election in India’s northern most state. It saw the highest voter turnout in for a very long time with a record 76% turn out in the fifth and final phase of the elections. The overall turnout is the highest in two decades.
  5. This huge voter turnout was seen in spite of poll boycotts by separatists. This time around we have also seen the involvement of former separatists in the poll process. Even terror attacks by militants during the days of polling and the bitter cold was not able to deter the voters.
  6. JK Poll MISSION KASHMIRWhile we are being urged not to equate voter turnout in Kashmir with an endorsement of the Indian union, the numbers do speak for themselves. They speak of a faith in the country’s democracy and of its electrical system. They speak of the people of Jammu & Kashmir being tired of militancy; of having the same hopes and aspirations of अच्छे दिन (Achche Din) that the rest of India hopes for.


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