LIVE UPDATES: Farooq Abdullah-led Gupkar Alliance win more than 100 seats in J&K DDC polls, Mehbooba Mufti calls it verdict against abrogation of Article 370

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Farooq Abdullah-led People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration has bagged more than 100 seats in the just-concluded District Development Council polls for 280 seats. The BJP with 74 seats emerged as the single-largest party. This was the first electoral exercise since the Centre’s Narendra Modi abrogated Article 370 and converted Jammu and Kashmir into a union territory.

The Gupkar Alliance, which comprises local political parties such as National Conference People’s Democratic Party, Communist Party of India (M) and Jammu and Kashmir People’s Conference among others, won more than 107 seats. National Conference won 67 while Mehbooba Mufti’s PDP bagged 27 seats, The Congress had to settle with 26 seats. Interestingly, independent candidates won 49 seats.

Reacting to the alliance’s performance, Mufti tweeted, “Todays DDC results have made it clear that people of J&K voted en masse for @JKPAGD thus rejecting the unconstitutional decision to abrogate Article 370. They have overwhelmingly supported @JKPAGD which stands for restoration of J&Ks special status.”

Omar Abdullah wrote, “I understand the temptation to over play the 3 seats the BJP has won in the valley but why underplay the 35 wins/leads of the @JKPAGD in Jammu province. We aren’t Kashmir based parties, we are political parties with strong support in both Kashmir AND Jammu.”

LIVE UPDATES on today’s big stories will appear below:

21:39 PM: West Bengal thrives on excellence and merit, we cannot allow to turn it into Gujarat: CM Mamata Banerjee. (PTI)

20:54 PM: A Uttarakhand court orders BJP MLA Mahesh Negi, who is accused in an alleged sexual harassment case, to appear before it on 24th December and give his DNA sample. (ANI)

20:07 PM: Petrol pumps located at Tikri border face losses as a result of reduced sales due to ongoing farmers’ protest. “We are facing a loss of approx Rs 60,000 daily,” says manager, Bharat Petroleum petrol pump at Tikri border. (ANI)

18:59 PM: Deepak Dubey, brother of gangster #VikasDubey, who killed eight policemen in the Bikru village in #Kanpur, has surrendered in a #Lucknow court. He surrendered quietly on Tuesday evening. (IANS)

17:41 PM: #UttarPradesh: Gorakhpur Sessions court has sentenced Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami (HuJI) operative Tariq Qasmi to life imprisonment in connection with the serial blasts that rocked the city in 2007. (IANS)

17:16 PM: Jammu and Kashmir: Three security personnel injured in a grenade attack by terrorists at Duderhama in Ganderbal; all injured personnel shifted to hospital. (ANI)

16:02 PM: I’m hopeful that Farmers’ Unions will discuss our request. Whatever they want to add & subtract from govt’s proposal, they should tell us. We’re ready for a discussion at the time & date of their convenience. I’m hopeful of a solution: Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar. (ANI)

15:06 PM: Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission has issued summons to BMC Municipal Commissioner IS Chahal to appear before it in connection with a complaint received regarding demolition of property belonging to actress Kangana Ranaut. (ANI)

14:13 PM: Delhi: On TMC chief Mamata Banerjee’s direction, 5 party MPs comprising Derek O’Brien, Satabdi Roy, Prasun Banerjee, Pratima Mondal & Md Nadimul Haque today met & interacted with farmers from who are on a relay hunger strike at Singhu border. (ANI)

13:58 PM: Paying tribute to former Prime Minister #ChaudharyCharanSingh on his birth anniversary, Defence Minister #RajnathSingh on Wednesday asserted that PM #NarendraModi drew inspiration from the late leader and would not let interests of farmers to be hurt. (IANS)

13:11 PM: CBI court in Kerala sentences two accused in Sister Abhaya murder case to life imprisonment, imposes fine of Rs five lakh each. (PTI)

12:19 PM: #DelhiHighCourt asks #ArvindKejriwal govt to form expert panel to prepare #SOP for those dealing with post-#Covid complications. It also asked the govt to hold stringent followup of people with to and fro travel history to the #UK. (IANS)

11:22 AM: A petition filed in Supreme Court seeking to ensure free, fair Assembly elections in West Bengal in 2021 and to provide protection to leaders of Opposition parties in the state. (ANI)

10:28 AM: Single day rise of 23,950 new COVID-19 cases, 333 fatalities pushes India’s virus caseload to 1,00,99,066, death toll to 1,46,444: Govt. (PTI)

10:16 AM: Jammu and Kashmir: Two-time Congress MP from Jammu-Poonch, Madan Lal Sharma passes away. (ANI)

09:54 AM: “23 lakh people in the world have already received Covid vaccinations. China, US, UK, Russia have started… India ka number kab ayegaa, Modi ji? ” Rahul Gandhi’s latest attack on PM Modi

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