SRINAGAR – Counting of votes has begun in Occupied Kashmir (Indian-administrative) where people are still waiting for fulfilling the promise of free plebiscite , PakistanTribe received international media reports.
Counting has begun in occupied Kashmir where there is tough competition between People’s Democratic Party and the Bhartia Janta Party (BJP).
A party needs 44 seats in the 87-member state assembly to form the government.
Security threats are also high and two weeks before an attack on the camp of Indian Army is also considerable so thousands of soldiers were deployed in and around polling stations during the five-phase voting which began on 25 November and ended on 20 December.
Other parties are also involved but two main stake holders dominate politics in Kashmir, the governing National Conference and the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
BJP appeared first time as a serous contender in these elections. Though the party have no roots in the area of Muslim majority however Modi’s Party under his rule now appeared in the elections as a tough competitor.
Initial results of counting showed the BJP and the PDP leading in 24 and 28 seats respectively. The BJP is expected to get a majority seats from Jharkhand.
It is worth mentioning here that the disputed Kashmir region is claimed in its entirety by both India and Pakistan and the rivals have fought two wars over it. People of Kashmir are waiting for plebiscite to have their right of self determination.
Umar Abdullah the leader of Jammu and Kashmir National Conference after losing his both seats said that election is not the ultimate solution of Kashmir Issue.
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