The counting of votes in the Jammu and Kashmir civic polls was completed on Saturday with independent candidates winning the majority of the seats in Kashmir, BJP emerging as the largest party in Jammu and Congress the major winner in Ladakh.
In Kashmir—comprising Srinagar, Baramulla, Kupwara, Budgam, Anantnag, Pulwama, Shopian, Kulgam, Bandipora and Ganderbal districts—of the total 624 wards, 185 remained vacant as there were no contestants in these wards.
Of the remaining 439 wards (both in municipal committees and municipal corporation Srinagar), elections were held in 208 wards only because in 231 wards the candidates were elected unopposed.
The final results in Kashmir are: independents 178 wards, Congress 157, BJP 100, People's Conference one ward and others three wards.
In Leh, the Congress swept the polls winning all the 13 wards while in Kargil it got five wards. Independents in Kargil bagged eight wards.
The boycott call by separatists, coupled with "threats" by militants, and non-participation of the National Conference and the PDP, helped both the BJP and the Congress in a major way.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) emerged as the largest party in the Jammu province comprising Samba, Kathua, Reasi, Doda, Kishtwar, Ramban, Udhampur, Poonch and Rajouri districts, winning 212 seats. Congress won 110, National Panthers Party 13 and independents 185.
The total number of wards, both in municipal committees and municipal corporation Jammu are 520.