The ruling National Conference-Congress coalition in Jammu and Kashmir has won all the four seats, reserved for panchayat representatives in the Legislative Council. Results were declared by the two Returning Officers for all four seats, two each in Kashmir and Jammu, at the end of counting at Srinagar and Jammu in the afternoon on Thursday.
Divisional Commissioners and Returning Officers, Pradeep Gupta (Jammu) and Asgar Samoon (Kashmir) declared NC’s Shehnaz Ganai and Ali Mohammad Dar as the winners from the two seats in Jammu and Kashmir respectively.
They also declared Congress candidates from Jammu and Kashmir, Shyam Lal Bhagat and Ghulam Nabi Monga, as the winners.
Dr. Shahnaz Ganai defeated her nearest rival Ved Prakash Gupta of PDP by a margin of 6,917 votes. In Kashmir province, NC’s Ali Muhammad Dar defeated his nearest rival Peer Muhammad Hussain of PDP by a margin of 2,675 votes. Ghulam Nabi Monga of Congress defeated his nearest rival, Yasir Reshi of PDP, by a margin of 2,565 votes.
Polling was held on December 3. With declaration of the results on Thursday, all the four seats reserved for Panchayat representatives in the 36-member JKLC have been filled up first time in the last 31 years.
In all 44 candidates had filed their nomination papers. After withdrawal of nominations and scrutiny of documents, there were 37 contestants in the fray---21 for the two seats of Jammu division and 16 for equal number of seats in Kashmir.