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NEW DELHI: Asserting that the DDC poll results in Jammu and Kashmir are a victory for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “larger narrative” for the Union Territory, the BJP on Wednesday claimed that the verdict is a “resounding slap” by people on the face of extremists, separatists, terrorists and their patrons.Law Minister and senior party leader Ravi Shankar Prasad also rejected the contention that the District Development Council poll results are a win for People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD), noting that the BJP has emerged as the single largest party and that it has got more votes than the total votes of the National Conference, the PDP and the Congress put together.
JAMMU: BJP national general secretary Tarun Chugh said here today that the DDC elections in J&K have marked the victory of nationalist forces and has significantly endorsed the country’s democratic system, He said the BJP was confident of installing its chairpersons at about a dozen places. Terming the victory of 59 independents also underlined the people’s mandate for the nationalist forces which have been locked against the Gupkar gang led by Abdullahs and Muftis.“Most of the independents would be supporting the BJP as they have won against the PAGD at all places”, Chugh added. The mandate clearly reaffirms that the people have supported the policies and programmes of the prime minister Narendra Modi and have adhered to strict democratic normsFor once the disruptive forces were on the back seat as no attempt was made to foil the election process. “This is a great victory of Sh Modi’s vision for J&K “, he added.
The PAGD is an amalgamation of parties, including the NC and the PDP, which have been fiercely opposed to the Modi government’s measures like abrogation of Article 370 and scrapping of Jammu and Kashmir’s statehood.Addressing a press conference, Prasad noted that the BJP has won 74 seats against the NC’s 67, PDP’s 27 and the Congress’ 26 and claimed that many of 39 independent winners had his party’s support.The PAGD in total won 110 seats.While the BJP put up a strong show in the Jammu region, Prasad noted that lotus, a reference to his party’s poll symbol, had bloomed in the Valley as well.The Gupkar alliance was formed because its constituents knew that they could not fight the BJP on their own, he said.“This is a victory for India, democracy, hope, development and people of Jammu and Kashmir. This is a victory for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s larger narrative for Jammu and Kashmir,” Prasad told reporters.Development work was ushered in under the central rule in the region, and people in Kashmir have now distinguished between those who rule and those who serve, he said.“People have seen how democracy can bring them development. Their faith in democracy has been strengthened,” the union minister said, noting that many militancy hotbeds like Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian and Sopore in Kashmir saw much more polling in the DDC polls than the Lok Sabha elections.He said the PAGD also lost from the area of Burhan Wani, a Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist whose social media posts and subsequent killing in an encounter in 2016 had gained a lot of publicity.This is important as Wani’s killing was “made an issue of international campaign by these elements” with Pakistan also raising the matter, he said.Noting that the BJP has won a string of polls across the length and breadth of the country in the last few months, Prasad said the habitual critics of the prime minister should take note of people’s faith in him.
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