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As The counting of votes in the Jammu and Kashmir Urban local bodies (ULB) polls culminated on Saturday, independent candidates seals the majority of the seats in Kashmir, BJP bags highest seats in Jammu and Congress the major winner in Ladakh.

In Kashmir independents won 178 wards, Congress 157, BJP 100, People’s Conference one ward and others three wards.

In Leh,all the 13 wards swept Congress and in Kargil it wins five wards, while Independents in Kargil bagged eight wards.

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 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.

(Via GK)

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