In Jammu & Kashmir, peaceful elections were held for Block Development Councils on Thursday. A total of 217 independent and 81 BJP Candidates were declared winners after the counting of votes last evening. Over 98 per cent voting was recorded for the elections, without any untoward incident in the state.
In Kashmir Division, out of 137 Blocks notified for election,109 independent and 18 BJP candidates were elected. In Jammu Division, out of 148 blocks, 88 independent and 52 BJP candidates won the election. In Ladakh Division, out of 31 blocks notified for election, 20 independent and 11 BJP candidates have been elected.
Over 26 thousand Panches and Sarpanches participated in BDC elections.
Incident-free elections are a strong proof of the fact that normalcy has returned to the state of Jammu and Kashmir and people are happy to take part in democratic process to elect their representatives.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has hailed peaceful completion of Block Development Council elections in Jammu, Kashmir, Leh and Ladakh on Thursday. In a series of tweets, Prime Minister said—
Peaceful conduct of BDC polls will make every Indian proud. For the first time since 1947, Block Development Council elections were held in Jammu, Kashmir, Leh and Ladakh on the 24th. The polls witnessed a historic turnout of 98 per cent. There were over 1080 candidates in the fray in 310 blocks. I am delighted to share that the BDC polls in Jammu, Kashmir, Leh and Ladakh were conducted in a very peaceful manner. There was no violence. This shows the people’s unwavering faith in democracy and the importance they accord to grassroots level governance. It would make India’s Parliament proud that due to their historic decision in August this year, the people of J&K have been able to exercise their democratic right with exceptional enthusiasm, as seen in the historic turnout of 98% that too without violence or disturbance.