It was a clean sweep in civic polls for the independent candidates in the urban local bodies' election in north Kashmir's Kupwara district on Saturday. Official data reveals that 34 independent, and three BJP candidates won in the urban local bodies election in Kupwara district.
At three municipal councils of Kupwara, candidates in 37 wards were in fray out of 39 total wards. Two wards of Langate council had no nominations.
Across district Kupwara at three municipal councils, 24 male and 13 female won their seats fielded by different political parties.
In municipal council Kupwara 9 male candidates and 4 female candidates registered their win.
In Handwara council 7 male and 6 female candidates registered their win similarly in Langate 8 male and 3 female candidates won in their respective wards.
As per official data, all the candidates across district Kupwara who registered their win in the civic polls had filed their nominations as independent candidates excluding three candidates of BJP at municipal council Langate among them one is a female candidate.
There were 17 candidates across district Kupwara who had won uncontested.
Sources said that all the independent candidates who registered their win at municipal council Handwara were backed by Peoples Conference.
At Municipal council Kupwara 1713 votes were cast against the total 4686.
In Handwara, 1216 votes were cast against the total 4376.
In Langate, 33 votes were cast against 650. The poll percentage in the district had remained 30.49%.
The Congress party won 12 out of 17 wards in Bandipora municipal committee and 10 wards unopposed in Hajin MC, while in Sumbal MC the independents took the lead. The results of polls were declared Saturday.
Of the total 17 wards in Bandipora municipal committee, 16 went to polls as a BJP candidate had been declared elected unopposed from ward 7.
According to details available with Greater Kashmir, Congress won from wards 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13 and 14. Three woman candidates representing the Congress party were declared successful from wards 1, 4, 13 and 16.
The BJP candidates won from wards 2, 7 and 10. BJP had women candidates from Wards 7 and 10.
Wards 5 and 17 were won by independent candidates.
BJP district president Bandipora, Sheikh Waseem Bari, who was contesting from two wards of Bandipora MC lost both against the Congress candidates.
According to officials, in Hajin municipal committee Congress had already won 10 wards unopposed as no other party including the BJP could file nominations from 13 wards. "3 wards remained vacant."
One of the elected candidates is Imtiyaz Parrey, son of Muhammad Yousuf Parrey alias Kuka Parrey. Imtiyaz had filed his nomination papers from two municipal wards in Hajin town on behalf of the Congress party. Parrey is also the district president of the Congress party. Along with Imtiyaz, seven more candidates of the Congress party were elected unopposed from Hajin municipality.
In Sumbal MC, independent candidates won 8 municipal wards out of which two had been elected unopposed. "The Congress party won 5 municipal wards from Sumbal MC while BJP remained unsuccessful in winning any of the wards from the municipal committee from 13 designated wards," officials said.
Candidates representing the Congress party emerged winners from Wards 3, 5, 7, 10 and 13 while as independent candidates won from Wards 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11 and 12.
Four women candidates were also elected from 13 designated wards of Sumbal municipal committee. Two were representing the Congress party from Ward No 7 and 10 and two were independent candidates from Ward No 1 and 4. Independent woman candidates contesting from Ward No.1 was elected unopposed.