DDC chairperson election: Cross vote of PAGD member helps Apni Party secure Shopian

Shopian, Feb 06: The Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party (JKAP) on Saturday won the chairman and vice-chairman posts in the DDC chairperson elections in Shopian district.

Official sources said that JKAP candidate Bilqees Akhtar polled eight votes while her rival candidate from PAGD secured six votes.

They said that the vice-chairman post was decided through a draw of lots as there was a tie.

“The vice-chairman post was also won by JKAP,” they said.

Bilqees Akhter of Watchi who had won DDC elections from Zainapora-1 block and will be the first chairperson of Shopian while as Irfan Manhas will be the vice-chairperson.

Both PAGD and JKAP had support of seven DDC members each, however, one among PAGD members voted in favour of Apni Party.

In Shopian out of the 14 seats, four each seat were bagged by National Conference (NC) and Independent candidates while PDP, JKAP and Congress secure three, two and one seat respectively.

However, later, three out of four independent candidates and one each from NC and Congress joined the Apni Party while one independent candidate joined NC—(KNO)

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