MLC polls: NC-Cong alliance sweeps election; bags all 4 seats
Ruling National Conference-Congress coalition today swept the Legislative Council polls in Jammu and the Kashmir Valley winning all the seats under the Panchayat quota.
Of the four seats, National Conference and Congress bagged two seats each in the two region, which went to the polls on December 3.
In Jammu-1 constituency, Congress candidate Shyam Lal defeated his nearest rival Gurmeet Singh of the PDP by a margin of 7,034 votes. an official spokesman here said. Of 14,874 total votes polled, Mr Lal secured 9,123 votes while Mr Singh claimed 2,089 votes.
In Jammu-2 seat, NC candidate Shahnaz Ganai beat Ved Prakash Gupta of the PDP by a margin of 6,917 votes. Out of total 14,812 votes polled for the constituency, Dr Ganai secured 9,070 votes against Mr Gupta, who got 2,153 votes.
In the Kashmir-1 constituency of Kashmir province, NC candidate Ali Muhammad Dar won against Peer Muhammad Hussain of PDP by a margin of 2,675 votes. Mr Dar secured 8,586 votes while Mr Hussain got 5,911 votes.
In the Kashmir-2 seat, Ghulam Nabi Monga of Congress defeated his rival Yasir Reshi of PDP by a margin of 2,565 votes. Mr Monga bagged 8,659 votes and Mr Reshi 6094 votes.
More than 90 per cent of electorate had exercised their franchise during the election.
After announcing the result, the activists of the National Conference and the Congress celebrated the victory by taking out rallies in Jammu region.
Amid victory slogans and dancing to the beats of 'dhol', the NC workers took out rally from outside the Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan, which culminated at the Chief Minister's official residence. They also greeted each other.
"It is a people's win," Youth National Conference Provincial president Surinder Singh Bunty said.
Congress activists also took out a rally, which concluded outside the JKPCC office here.