JUGAL KISHORE SCRIPTS HISTORY BY WINNING OVER SIX LAKH VOTES
Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad was left red faced after a Jammu based doctor, elder brother of NC provincial president Devender Singh Rana, Dr Jitendra Singh handed over crushing defeat to him thus putting a question mark over his future in the state politics.
Riding high on the pro-Modi wave in Jammu region and anti incumbency against the NC-Cong alliance govt over enthusiastic electorate across Jammu and Kashmir defeated all six alliance candidates.
While the PDP won all three seats in Kashmir valley defeating three candidates of National Conference, BJP swept the polls in Jammu and Ladakh bagging rest of the three seats in the state.
In Jammu-Poonch, BJP’s MLA Jugal Kishore Sharma, who got the State’s maximum of 6,19,995 votes, defeated Congress party’s incumbent Madan Lal Sharma with a huge margin of 2,56,950 votes. Sharma got 3,62,715. PDP’s Yashpal Sharma stood third with 1,68, 554 votes
In Udhampur-Doda, BJP’s debutant Dr Jitendra Singh defeated Congress party’s high profile candidate and Union Cabinet Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad with a margin of 60,976 votes. While as Dr Singh polled 4,87,369 votes, Azad trailed with 4,26,393. PDP’s Arshid Malik got 30,461 and the National Panthers Party candidate Prof Bhim Singh just 25,312 votes.
Tariq Hamid Karra, the PDP candidate from Srinagar-Budgam Lok Sabah constituency, defeated the former Chief Minister and National Conference president, Farooq Abdullah with a margin of 42,280 votes. The NC has for the first time lost its Srinagar stronghold in the Valley. Karra bagged 1,57,923 votes while his rival Dr Abdullah got 1,15,643 votes after 25 rounds of counting.
Similarly, in Baramulla-Kupwara, PDP’s candidate Muzaffar Hussain Baig defeated NC’s incumbent Shariefuddin Shariq with a margin of 29,219 votes. Baig got 1,75,277 against Shariq’s 1,46,058 votes. In this north Kashmir Parliamentary constituency Peoples Conference candidate Salam-ud-din Bajad got 71,154 votes while as MLA Langate Er Sheikh Abdul Rashid secured 22,090 votes.
Mehbooba Mufti, who was PDP candidate from Anantnag-Pulwama, NC’s incumbent Mehboob Beg with a margin of 44,735 votes. While Mehbooba got 1,42,237 and Beg bagged 97,502 votes.
In Leh-Kargil, BJP’s Thustan Chhewand defeated independent candidate Ghulam Raza with a margin of 36 votes. Chhewang got 31,111 and Raza, who was sponsored by Kargil’s influential Shia outfit Imam Khomeini Trust, 31,075 votes.
There were high stakes for NC-Congress coalition in the Lok Sabha polls ahead of December-end Assembly elections. In last elections, the NC-congress coalition had bagged 5 out of 6 seats.
Azad, who served as Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir from 2006 to 2008, was contesting for his J&K’s Udhampur home constituency for the first time in his political career. He has contested and won Wassan seat in Maharastra in 1984.
He has contested Assembly elections twice in the state so far in which he first forfeited his security deposit from Inderwal constituency due to crushing defeat and second time he won from his native Bhaderwah constituency as a Chief Minister.