Dubbed as BJP’s proxy, the Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party is aiming to have its chairpersons in at least six to seven District Development Councils with the help of Independents and members of other parties who are ‘willing’ to cross over, its chief Altaf Bukhari said on Monday.
Elected DDC members will pick the chairpersons in 20 districts — 10 each in Jammu and Kashmir — within three weeks
The JKAP won only 12 DDC constituencies out of a total of 280 in the first India-managed election in Jammu and Kashmir after the revocation of its special status under Article 370 of the Constitution and its bifurcation into union territories in August last year.
A businessman-turned-politician who was part of the PDP-BJP coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir between 2015 and 2018, Bukhari said his party had quietly fielded independent candidates. “On Sunday, I have paraded all the 21 independent candidates at the party meeting. There was no coercion whatsoever,” he said.
The JKAP was contesting against the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) which comprise the National Conference, the PDP, People’s Conference, CPI(M), CPI, JK People’s Movement and the Awami National Conference.
While PAGD swept the polls by winning 110 seats, the BJP emerged as the single largest party by getting 75 seats in the first democratic exercise after the revocation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 of the constitution and bifurcation of the erstwhile state into union territories.