Abdullah’s, Muftis Biting Dust, Rasheed Proves Giant Killer

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The first major polls after the abrogation of Article 370 produced massive upsets with two former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti biting the dust.

Out of the three Lok Sabha seats in Kashmir, while National Conference won two seats- Srinagar and Anantnag-Rajouri- the jailed Awami Ittehad Party leader and Independent candidate Abdul Rashid Sheikh aka Engineer Rashid- produced a massive upset by winning the Baramulla Lok Sabha seat.

Rashid, who is currently lodged in Delhi’s Tihar Jail in a terror-funding case, proved a giant killer after he defeated Omar and separatist turned mainstream politician Sajad Lone from Baramulla Lok Sabha seat- which was most watched constituency in Jammu and Kashmir. Engineer Rashid defeated his nearest rival Omar with a margin of over 2.41 lakh votes.

According to Election Commission of India figures, Rashid bagged 4,72,481 votes while Omar came second with 2,68,339. Sajad Lone of the People Conference was in the third position with 1,73,239 votes. Omar conceded his defeat even before the final result was announced. “… I don’t believe his victory will hasten his release from prison nor will the people of North Kashmir get the representation they have a right to but the voters have spoken and in a democracy that’s all that matters,” Omar posted on X.
Later talking to reporters, the former Chief Minister said the contest was difficult because of Engineer Rashid.
“Young and women voted for his release in large numbers. …. Winning or losing is the part of the election,” he said.
Lone also congratulated Engineer Rashid.

“I wanted to make a difference. I thought we should be empowered economically , socially and politically to be able to make a difference and be counted. We had suffered a lot in the past 30 yrs and been robbed of all our dignity. The people’s mandate is supreme. I accept the people mandate with all humility,” ,” Lone posted on X.
The other major upset in J&K was the defeat of former chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party Mehbooba Mufti from Anantnag-Rajouri Lok Sabha constituency.  She lost to Mian Altaf of the NC by a massive margin of over 2.81 lakh votes.
The influential Gujjar leader Mian Altaf polled 5,21,836 votes, while Mehbooba Mufti polled 2,40,042 votes.
“Respecting the verdict of the people I thank my PDP workers & leaders for their hard work & support despite all the odds. My deepest gratitude to the people who voted for me. Winning & losing is part of the game & wont deter us from our path. Congratulations to Mian sahab for his victory,” she posted on X.
In this newly carved seat, the J&K Apni Party, which is believed to have backing of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has made some gains, coming in at third position with over 1,42,195 votes.
In Srinagar, NC leader and prominent Shia leader Aga Ruhullah, defeated his nearest rival PDP’s Waheed Parra by a margin of 1,88,416.
Ruhullah bagged 3,56,866 votes , while his rival Parra secured 1,68,450 votes. Apni Party’s Mohammad Ashraf Mir was at distant third slot securing over 65,954 votes.

 Giant killer Rashid demolishes opponents in 14 Baramulla segments

Jailed politician Abdul Rashid Sheikh aka Engineer Rashid who proved a giant killer on Tuesday by defeating two top J&K politicians — Omar Abdullah and Sajad Lone — demolished his opponents in 14 Assembly segments of the Baramulla Parliamentary seat.

The Baramulla Parliamentary seat has 18 Assembly segments that are spread over four districts of Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora, and Budgam.

Engineer Rashid defeated his nearest rival former chief minister and National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah with a margin of over 2.41 lakh votes.

According to Election Commission of India figures Engineer Rashid bagged 4,72,481 votes while Omar was second with 2,68,339. Peoples Conference head Sajad Lone was in the third position with 1,73,239 votes.

The Assembly segment wise data of the Baramulla Lok Sabha seat shows that NC led only in three segments that included Gurez, Budgam and Pattan. 

Sajad managed to get a lead in only the Handwara Assembly segment over Engineer Rashid.

In all other 14 Assembly segments, including the ones considered as strong holds of NC and PC, Engineer Rashid managed to get a massive lead from his opponents. In the six Assembly segments in Kupwara district, Engineer led in the five segments.

In the seven Assembly segments in Baramulla, Engineer led in six segments. In Bandipora district, out of three, Engineer Rashid led in two Assembly segments. In two Assembly segments of Budgam district, Engineer led in one and Omar in another. Engineer Rashid got highest votes from Bandipora Assembly segment where he polled over 42,000 votes.

Setback to BJP in Ladakh as rebel NC leader wins LS Seat

In a setback to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Ladakh, a rebel National Conference leader and Independent candidate Mohammad Haneefa Jan won the Parliamentary seat. This was the first Lok Sabha election after Ladakh was carved out as a separate Union territory in August 2019.

According to the officials, Haneefa defeated his nearest rival Tsering Namgyal of Congress and Tashi Gyalson of BJP by an impressive margin. BJP’s Tashi Gyalson, who is also the chief executive councillor of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (Leh), had replaced the sitting MP Jamyang Namgyal.

In both 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP had won the Ladakh seat, then a part of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Over the last two years, Ladakh witnessed a series of protests over the demands of Statehood and constitutional guarantees under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution.

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah expressed happiness for  Haneefa.
“@HajiHanifa I’m really very happy for you today. A few months ago you tasted defeat in the hill council elections & now you will represent Ladakh, especially the marginalised people of Kargil in the Lok Sabha. Your victory cost @JKNC_ it’s Kargil unit but it was well worth the price”, Omar said in a Tweet on X.

Omar was referring to mass resignations of its Kargil unit after the party directed its cadre to support Congress candidate in Ladakh.

NC’s Ruhulla wins prestigious Srinagar seat, defeats PDP’s Para

National Conference leader Aga Syed Ruhulla on Tuesday won the prestigious Srinagar Parliamentary seat defeating his nearest rival and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Waheed Para by a margin of 1,88,416 votes.
Ruhulla polled 3,56,866 votes while Para bagged 1,68,450 and Apni Party candidate Mohammad Ashraf Mir got 65954 votes.
After registering a comprehensive win from the Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency, Ruhulla in a post on X said it would be his responsibility now to take the voice of the people to the Parliament and to the people of rest of India.
“A big thank you to the people of Srinagar, Pulwama, Gandarbal, Shopian and Budgam for this mandate and faith in me. I am humbled and I am aware of the responsibility that this mandate brings with it. You have spoken democratically and spoken against the decisions of Aug 5, 2019. From here on it is my responsibility to take your voice to the Parliament and to the people of rest of India. Rest assured, I will represent your sentiments and struggle for the return of our Dignity and rights with complete sincerity” he said.

He also thanked his rival PDP youth leader Waheed Para for participating in the process.
“Dear Waheed, thank you for your participation in the process of making our voices heard democratically. It was a decent competition and I thank you for that. I wish you all the best for your future political endeavours”, Ruhulla said in another tweet.
Earlier talking to media persons Ruhulla said that his first issue in the Parliament will be to bring back what has been snatched on August 5, 2019.“What has been snatched from the people of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5 and to get that back would be my first priority in the Parliament ”, Ruhulla told media persons in Srinagar today.

He asserted “we are not accepting the decisions which had been taken on August 5, 2019. With full force the revocation of the August 5 order will be raised in the parliament”.

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