Thursday, January 01, 2009

Jammu and Kashmir verdict at a glance

  • In 87 strong house= NC-28, congress-17, PDP-21, BJP-11, National Panthers Party-3, CPI-M, People’s Democratic Front, Democratic Party (Nationalist) - 1 each. Independents win in four constituencies
  • 44 is the majority mark
  • Two members are nominated which makes it 89 member house
  • The Valley is divided almost equally between the NC and PDP- NC has won 20 seats and the PDP 19.
  • In Jammu, the BJP has replaced the Congress at nine seats and the NC at one, and retained Nagrota where BJP's Jugal Kishor beat Karan Singh's son Ajat Shatru Singh.
  • Jammu’s Muslim areas, Mendhar and Darhal constituencies in the Poonch and Rajouri districts, felled to PDP which pivoted on soft separatism and Muslim-centric politics.
  • Shilpi Verma, widow of a man who had killed himself during the Amarnath agitation, lost in Bishnah despite a high-decibel campaign for her by Narendra Modi.
  • The Congress candidate from the Gandhi Nagar constituency, who had supported the Amarnath agitation also won.
  • Abdul Rashid Sheikh, once a close confidant of the slain Hurriyat leader Abdul Gani Lone and later joined the Sajjad Lone faction had opposed the poll boycott of Sajjad and jumped into the fray, gave up his job with few bucks and won as an Independent from Langate.
  • Ysuf Tarigami of CPI(M) saved his seat at Kulgam
  • Abdul Rahim Rather of NC won the Chara-e-Sharief seat for the record sixth time in succession
  • Of the 468 Independent candidates in the fray, only four have managed to win.
  • In 2002, Independent candidates won 15
  • Three ministers belonged to PDP lost including Abdul Aziz Zargar ( allegedly linked with Let
  • Only three out of 67 women candidates won (two in 2002)
  • Kashmiri Pandits contested on 47 seats- won none, a record (Raman Mattoo who won in 2002 lost this time)
  • 34 political parties have failed to win any seat including BSP, SP, RJD, CPI

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