Independents major winners in Jammu municipalities

The result of municipal polls in Jammu region shows it had been the fight between Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the independent candidates.
Independents major winners in Jammu municipalities
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The result of municipal polls in Jammu region shows it had been the fight between Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the independent candidates.

Out of total 445 municipal committee (MC) wards in all 10 districts of Jammu, independent candidates emerged victorious in 167 wards while BJP managed 169 seats, Congress 96 and Panthers Party 13.

In some districts, voters chose independent candidates over political parties despite hectic campaigning by prominent leaders.

Out of total 30 seats of two municipal committees in Poonch, 23 independent candidates emerged victorious while BJP and Congress got four and three seats respectively.

In Rajouri, out of total 63 BJP won 23 seats, while Congress and independent candidates managed 20 each.

Congress did not perform well even in its traditional stronghold, the Chenab Valley region. For MC Kishtwar, people elected 10 independent candidates while Congress managed only two and BJP one in the 13-member house.

Similarly, for three municipal committees of Doda, independents won 18 seats, Congress 12 and BJP seven.

In Ramban district, for 21 seats of three municipal committees, Congress managed 10 and independent candidates managed four. BJP won six, while election in ward number 2 of MC Ramban was deferred due to the death of a candidate on the polling day.

Out of total 56 wards of four committees of Samba, 27 independent candidates emerged victorious, BJP won 18 and Congress nine while two seats went to Jammu Kashmir National Panther Party.

In Kathua, BJP won 34 of the total 80 seats in six committees, independents 27 seats and Congress 19.

In the three committees of Udhampur, BJP won 14, independent candidates 13, Panthers Party 11 and Congress three seats.

In Reasi district, BJP won 13 of the total 26 seats in two committees, independents nine and Congress four.

BJP emerged victorious on 49 of the 79 wards of seven municipal committees of Jammu district while Congress got 14 and independents 16.

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