Srinagar: The Opposition INDIA bloc scored a resounding victory in the first civic elections in Kargil after the 2019 scrapping of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status, on Sunday.
Out of the 26 seats, the National Conference and Congress bagged 22 while the BJP won in only two seats. Independents won in two other seats. The NC won 12 seats and the Congress 10. In the outgoing council, the NC had 10 seats and the Congress eight.
It was the first poll in Kargil after the revocation of Article 370 in 2019. “The results will send a positive message to the people who are fighting to defeat the BJP in the country. These results show how angry people here are at the policies of the BJP-led central government, particularly what they have done in 2019 and thereafter,” Qamar AliAkhoon, said NC’s seniormost leader in Kargil to The Telegraph.
The elections were the first test of popularity for the BJP in Kargil and Kashmir as a whole.