National Conference (NC), which looks certain to lay to form the next government has polled three percentage points less than it had secured in 2002 when it had to was in the opposition. The Congress has also lost its vote share. The real gainers are the People’s Democratic Party PDP and the BJP.
Farooq Abdullah-led National Conference secured 25 per cent of the votes polled as compared to 28 per cent it got in 2002, according to the Election Commission website. In Kashmir, its vote share increased marginally while in Jammu it dipped, resulting in its over-all dip. The Congress, which got 24.5 per cent votes in 2002, barely managed to get 20 per cent this time, with huge losses in the Kashmir Valley. The PDP and the BJP that represented the opposite sides of the political divide during the Amarnath Shrine land controversy has gained significant vote shares.
The BJP, which had supported Amarnath Sangharsh Samiti, received a nine percent boost in vote share in the Jammu region that had simmered under a pro-Hindu wave after the agitation, resulting in its victory in 11 of the 17 seats there.
The PDP, that withdrew support to the Congress-led coalition government ostensibly to respect the feelings of Kashmiris —increased its vote share by seven percent, most of it in the Kashmir valley.
PDP had got 9.28 per cent votes in 2002 assembly elections.
In at least 12 seats in the Valley, Congress candidates failed to be among the top five candidates and in six seats, its candidates got less than two per cent of the votes. Even in Jammu valley, the party got lesser votes as compared to last time. But if the Congress still managed to end up with 17 seats its because of the large number of contestants it has fielded.