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Elections in Jammu and Kashmir (JK) - 2014 Results

The Election Commission which was supposed to visit the state on 15th October, will now be visiting J&K on the weekend on 18th-19th October to examine the possibility of keeping the assembly election in December or January. However political parties have mixed opinions on when elections should be held. INC's Rashid Alvi has voiced his opinion stating that "Elections must not be held until things return to normalcy, the election commission must go there do surveillance to access the right time". The J&K Chief Minister had early stated warned of a "zero turnout" of voters if elections were held anytime soon in flood hit Kashmir region. The term of the J&K Assembly ends on January 19, 2015.

About Jammu & Kashmir Elections

The Election Commission of India (ECI) team will be visiting Jammu and Kashmir on 15th October to review the situation in the state to further decide on when the Assembly elections should be held. The team Headed by Vinod Zutshi (Deputy Election Commissioner) was in Jammu on a three-day visit on 7th

Quick facts for Jammu and Kashmir Elections 2014

Parliamentary Constituencies
Assembly Constituencies 89
Ruling PartyJammu & Kashmir National Conference
Opposition PartyPeoples Democratic Party
Chief MinisterOmar Abdullah
GovernorNarinder Nath Vohra
Chief Electoral OfficerUmang Narula
AddressOffice of the Chief Electoral Officer, Old Secretariat, Srinagar (May to Oct)
October and held a meeting with CEO Umang Narula. Also on his visit, the deputy election commissioner met representatives of different political parties from the state to review the situation. The team will prepare a report to decide whether elections should be held as scheduled in November - December 2014 or be postponed to April-May 2015. The elections were earlier deferred from 1st October 2014 to 15th October 2014, because the district electoral officers in Jammu and areas of South Kashmir were not able to complete the revamp work caused by flood devastation.

The blissful paradise of Jammu and Kashmir, snuggled on the circuit of the Himalayas has always been the point of discontentment between India and her neighbor Pakistan. The Kashmir issue and political hatred between two countries have never stopped the Jammu & Kashmir Political Parties, to play a mammoth role in holding together the political sentiments clear & crisp and within the constitutional rights of Indian dominion. There are several state parties also that desire for the purpose of establishing strong political position in the state. Like in other states in India, this state also has multi-party democratic system of governance.

Currently, Indian National Congress and National Conference are in majority in the state legislature with 17 seats and 28 seats respectively. Under article 370, Jammu and Kashmir are granted a special autonomous status.

The last Assembly elections were contested in the year 2002. The National Conference lost in the 2002 polls after holding the office for 25 years. The 2008 Assembly polls of Jammu and Kashmir had National Conference win 28 seats, People's Democratic Alliance won 21 seats, congress party won 17 seats, BJP registered the win of 11 seats, while others win 10 seats.

The Assembly Elections of 2002 in the Jammu and Kashmir played a crucial role and seemed to be turning point in the political history. The elections helped in restoring the faith of people of Jammu and Kashmir. It was the time when PDP came into the power and soon there was a new chapter which was ready to be written in the political history of Jammu and Kashmir.

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Quick facts for J&K Elections 2014 About Jammu & Kashmir Elections Administrative structure
Issues of the state Political Parties in Jammu and Kashmir Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly
Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council List of Chief Ministers of J&K List of Governors of Jammu and Kashmir
Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of J&K Latest News And Update Party Wise Lok Sabha Election Results 2014
PCs and ACs Elections Results of J&K Cabinet Ministers of Jammu and Kashmir

About Jammu and Kashmir Assembly Election 2014

The first assembly elections were held in 1965 in Jammu and Kashmir. The assembly elections for 2014 are scheduled to be held by the end of the year. The elections will be held somewhere between October and December, as the new Government has to be formed by January 4, 2015. The Legislative Assembly comprises of 87 members whose fate will be decided by 6,933,118 voters. Major political parties in the state are National Conference (NC), the Indian National Congress (Congress), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Jammu and Kashmir People's Democratic Party (PDP). At present, the NC and INC make up the majority in the state legislature, with 28 and 17 seats respectively.

According to the sources, the ruling coalition partners, the National Conference (NC) and Congress will not get into any pre-poll alliance for the upcoming assembly elections in the state and will contest against each other.

Lok Janshakti Party has announced to launch a movement to set up a new delimitation commission in the state. The victory of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in all the three LS seats in the Kashmir valley is a big boost to the party as it prepares for the assembly elections. PDP stood first in 41 of the 87 assembly seats. On the other hand, BJP will launch its Mission 44+ seats in the assembly elections to its own Government in the state. But according to the statistics, the highest number of seats the BJP could win was 11 in the last assembly elections that took place in 2008.

National Conference need to change its policies if it wants to win the assembly elections. Looking at the political scenario in the Kashmir Valley after 1996, it would not be possible for INC to get simple majority on its own in the J&K Legislature.

Administrative structure

The state has a special status within the union government of India. Unlike the rest of the states, Jammu and Kashmir enjoys special autonomy under Article 370 of the Constitution of India. The union government has direct legislative powers in matters of defense, foreign policy, and communications within the state and has indirect influence in matters of citizenship, Supreme Court jurisdiction, and emergency powers.

Under the constitution of Jammu and Kashmir, the governor is the head of state, and is appointed by the President of India. He is assisted by the Chief Minister and a council of ministers. The legislature consists of two houses: the Legislative Assembly (Vidhan Sabha) and the smaller Legislative Council (Vidhan Parishad). The members of Vidhan Parishad are elected by various groups of politicians, local administrators, and educators and a few by the governor. The state sends six members to the Lok Sabha (Lower House) and six members, elected by the combined Legislative Assembly and Council, to the Rajya Sabha (Upper House). The High Court consists of a chief justice and 11 other judges, who are appointed by the President of India.

Issues of the state

Some of the major issues that dominated the electoral process in the state includes the self rule or autonomy for J&K, separatism, militancy, presence of security forces and other issues including development, unemployment, education, electricity and water.

For many years militancy has been a major hindrance to the development of the state. The ongoing bloodshed and loss of innumerable human lives has brought forth the true face of the politicians who encourage regionalism just to increase their vote bank. Kashmir dispute is basically related to national identity and future of people of the state. People want to live a peaceful life. Economic development comes as a result of investment and there wont be any investment in an area where there is political instability, armed conflict or a civil war.

The issue of unemployment among the youth poses a big challenge for the political parties. The lack of employment opportunities is taking the youth to drugs and anti-social activities.

Political Parties in Jammu and Kashmir

The main national level political parties in Jammu and Kashmir include the
Jammu and Kashmir National Conference (JKNC), The Indian National Congress (INC),
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) The Jammu and Kashmir People's Democratic Party (JKPDP)

State Level Political parties in Jammu And Kashmir

All Jammu and Kashmir Patriotic Peoples Front Democratic Janata Dal (Jammu and Kashmir)
Jamaat-e-Islami Kashmir Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party
Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party Mallah Insaf Party
Praja Parishad Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir Lok Sabha Election Summary 2014

In the Lok Sabha elections in Jammu & Kashmir, no single party has won with clear majority as both Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Jammu & Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) bagged three seats each. The Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) is a very sensitive state in terms of politics. There are several major issues in the state which includes the question of the civilian rights, Kashmiri Hindus, Kashmir migrants, separatist movements etc. There are many leading political parties in J&K such as Jammu and Kashmir National Conference (JKNC), Indian National Congress (INC), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Jammu and Kashmir People's Democratic Party (JKPDP). Presently, the state is ruled by an INC alliance and Omar Abdullah is the Chief Minister of J&K. J&K has only six Lok Sabha seats for which elections took place in five different phases. The slow voter turnout was reported in J&K in all phases.

Jammu and Kashmir has been a sensitive state right from its formation.Whether it is the question of civilian rights,excesses of the Army, the issue of Article 370, Kashmiri migrants,Kashmiri Hindus, question of peace in the valley, or separatist movements,the The Jammu and Kashmir People's Democratic Party has launched a massive signature campaign for change, along with a booth-level contact campaign. In fact, the party has come closer to others such as the CPIM, the Samajwadi Party, the Lok Jana Shakti Party, independent MLAs, civil society groups, and intellectuals, to form the People's United Front (PUF), which they are calling the 'third front' of J&K.

Some of the issues raised by the CPI(M) and the CPI include power crisis, huge increase in power tariff, administrative apathy of the state government, immediate need to increase ration allocation, failure to curb corruption, haunting unemployment situation, unacceptable remarks by Narendra Modi on Article 370, etc.

Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly

Jammu and Kashmir State Legislature is the bicameral legislature and The Legislative Assembly of Jammu and Kashmir or the Jammu and Kashmir Vidhan Sabha is the lower house of the legislature. The first legislature of kingdom of now the state of Jammu and Kashmir was of the Maharaja of Kashmir Hari Singh in 1934. However, it was considered undemocratic as there was restricted on the participation of any political party. Later when first free democratic elections were held in the state, the National Conference got a majority in the new constituent assembly with Sheikh Abdullah as the head of government. The members of the Legislative Assembly are presently 87 and serve the assembly for a six-year term. While the assembly is administered by Speaker, the leader of the house is the chief minister.

Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council

The Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council or the Jammu and Kashmir Vidhan Parishad constitute the upper house of the legislature on state of Jammu and Kashmir. The members of this house serve a fixed six year term with one-third of the members retiring every two years. There are 36 seats in the council.

The present political scenario in the Jammu and Kashmir seems to appear stable in Jammu & Kashmir National Conference and the Indian National Congress combined government addressing the needs of the state.

List of Chief Ministers of Jammu and Kashmir

Sl. No.Chief Ministers of Jammu and KashmirFromTo Party
1Omar AbdullahJan 5, 2009PresentJKNC
2President's RuleJul 11, 2008Jan 5, 2009
3Ghulam Nabi AzadNov 2, 2005Jul 11, 2008INC
4Mufti Mohammad SayeedNov 2, 2002Nov 2, 2005PDP
5President's RuleOct 18, 2002Nov 2, 2002
6Farooq AbdullahOct 9, 1996Oct 18, 2002JKN
7President's RuleJan 19, 1990Oct 9, 1996
8Farooq AbdullahNov 7, 1986Jan 19, 1990JKN
9President's RuleMar 6, 1986Nov 7, 1986
10Ghulam Mohammad ShahJul 2, 1984Mar 6, 1986JKANC
11Farooq AbdullahSep 8, 1982Jul 2, 1984JKN
12Sheikh AbdullahJul 9, 1977Sep 8, 1982JKN
13President's RuleMar 26, 1977Jul 9, 1977
14Sheikh AbdullahFeb 25, 1975Mar 26, 1977JKN
15Syed Mir QasimDec 12, 1971Feb 25, 1975INC
16Ghulam Mohammed SadiqMar 30, 1965Dec 12, 1971INC

List of Governors of Jammu and Kashmir

Sl. No.Governors of Jammu and KashmirFromTo
1Narinder Nath VohraJun 25, 2008Present
2S.K. SinhaJun 4, 2003Jun 25, 2008
3Girish Chandra SaxenaMay 2, 1998Jun 4, 2003
4K. V. Krishna RaoMar 12, 1993May 2, 1998
5Girish Chandra SaxenaMay 26, 1990Mar 12, 1993
6JagmohanJan 19, 1990May 26, 1990
7K. V. Krishna RaoJul 1989Jan 19, 1990
8JagmohanApr 26, 1984Jul 1989
9Braj Kumar NehruFeb 22, 1981Apr 26, 1984
10Lakshmi Kant JhaJul 3, 1973Feb 22, 1981
11Bhagwan SahayMay 15, 1967Jul 3, 1973
12Yuvraj (Crown Prince) Dr. Karan SinghMar 30, 1965May 15, 1967

Cabinet Ministers of Jammu and Kashmir

Name of MinistersMinisteries
Mr. Omar Abdullah Hon'ble Chief Minister, Jammu & Kashmir
Mr. Tara Chand Hon'ble Deputy Chief Minister, Minister for School Education
Mr. Abdul Rahim Rather Hon'ble Minister for Finance & Ladakh Affairs
Peerzada Mohd. Sayeed Hon'ble Minister for Public Enterprises, Haj, Auqaf and Floriculture
Mr. Ali Mohammad Sagar Hon'ble Minister for Rural Development and Panchayats
Mr. Mian Altaf AhmadHon'ble Minister for Forest, Environment and Ecology
Mr. Taj Mohi-ud-din Hon'ble Minister for Health and Medical Education
Mr. Nawang Rigzin Jora Hon'ble Minister for Urban Development and Urban Local Bodies
Mr. Sham Lal Sharma Hon'ble Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control
Mr. Ghulam Hassan Mir Hon'ble Minister for Agriculture Production
Ms. Sakina Itoo Hon'ble Minister for Social Welfare, ARI & Trainings and Public Grievances
Mr. Raman Bhalla Hon'ble Minister for Housing, Horticulture and Culture and additional charge of Sports and Youth Services
Mr. Mohammad Akbar Lone Hon'ble Minister for Higher Education
Choudhary Mohammad Ramzan Hon'ble Minister for Consumer Affairs & Public Distribution and Transport
Mr. Ajay Sadhotr Hon'ble Minister for Planning & Development and Labour & Employment
Mr. Ghulam Ahmad Mir Hon'ble Minister for Tourism
Mr. Abdul Majid Wani Hon'ble Minister for R&B and Mechanical Engineering
Mir Saifullah Hon'ble Minister for Law, Justice & Parliamentary Affairs
Mr. Ajaz Ahmed Khan Hon'ble Minister of State Revenue, Relief & Rehabilitation (Independent Charge)
Dr. Manohar Lal SharmaHon'ble Minister of State Fisheries, Cooperative, Printing & Stationery and Elections(Independent Charge), Hon'ble Minister of State Finance and Planning, Higher Education, Forests, Environment and Ecology, Labour and Transport
Mr. Sajjad Ahmad Kitchloo Hon'ble Minister of State Industries & Commerce (Independent Charge) Minister of State for Home, R&B and Mechanical Engineering, Housing & Urban Development, Tourism & Culture
Mr. Feroz Ahmad KhanHon'ble Minister of State Science & Technology and Information Technology(Independent Charge), Minister of State for Medical Education, School Education, Youth Services & Sports
Mr. Nazir Ahmad Khan (Gurezi) Hon'ble Minister of State Animal & Sheep Husbandry (Independent Charge), Minister of State for PHE, Irrigation & Flood Control, Horticulture, Agriculture & Floriculture
Mr. Viqar Rasool Wani Hon'ble Minister of State Technical Education (Independent Charge), Minister of State for Law, Justice, Parliamentary Affairs, Rural Development and Panchayats, Social Welfare, Power, Hospitality & Protocol, Information and Consumer Affairs & Public Distribution

Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Jammu and Kashmir

Umang Narula (IAS) is the Chief Electoral Officer of Jammu and Kashmir. He is also the Commissioner and Secretary to Government of the Election Department. From the months of May to October, the official address is Block-A, Old Secretariat, Srinagar. However, from November to April, the official address is 2nd Floor, Vikas Bhawan, Rail Head Complex, Jammu.

Contact details are: Office Phone: 0194-2473609 (Srinagar)/0191-2477519 (Jammu)
Residence Phone: 0194-2501769 (Srinagar)/0191-2437869 (Jammu)
Fax: 0194-2452654 (Srinagar)/0191-2477389 (Jammu)
Mobile: +91-9419036231
Email: ceo-jk@nic.in

Jammu And Kashmir Latest News And Update

J&K assembly elections on schedule
October 17, 2014 04:58 PM
Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir are not being deferred and most likely will be held on schedule, top sources said on Friday. "In all likelihood the assembly elections will be held in December and not deferred to next year," the sources said ahead of the visit of the Chief Election Commissioner and two Commissioners here Saturday to take the final call on whether or not to hold elections. The new government in the state has to be in place before Jan 19, 2015 when the six-year term of the the present assembly ends. Assembly elections have to be held in time so that putting the state under the governor's rule is avoided. "Besides some constituencies in South Kashmir districts and Srinagar city, the recent floods have not directly affected any other area in the Valley so badly.  The full Election Commission comprising the Chief commissioner, V. S. Sampath, and two commissioners, H.S.Brahma and Naseem Zaidi, will be here on a two-day visit. (IANS)  
'No move to change J&K governor'
October 17, 2014 02:18 PM
Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra has not been asked to resign from his post, an informed source said on Friday, dismissing media reports that the central government has asked him to step down. "No, Vohra has not been asked to put in his papers. There is no move to change the Jammu and Kashmir governor at this stage," the source told IANS. Vohra is presently running his second five-year term as the state governor. There have been media reports in New Delhi and here that Lieutenant General Atta Husnain (retd), who held many important assignments in the Valley, including as the GOC of the Srinagar-based 15 Corps, had been tipped to be the next state governor. The state is scheduled to go to polls in December this year.  
Guns silent on Pakistan, India border
October 13, 2014 01:03 PM
Guns on both sides of the India, Pakistan border remained silent overnight Monday, but thousands of displaced border residents were still camped in makeshift accommodations away from their homes. "The night remained peaceful on both the LoC (Line of Control) and the international border. There was no ceasefire violation from Pakistan side during the night," said a senior police officer in winter capital Jammu. Pakistan Rangers had resorted to unprovoked firing on Border Security Force (BSF) positions and mortar shelling of civilian habitations in R.S. Pura sector Saturday night resulting in injuries to two civilians. Source: IANS
Pakistan resumes unprovoked firing along LoC
October 11, 2014 05:53 PM
After a day's lull, the Pakistani Army resumed unprovoked firing at Indian positions along the Line of Control (LoC) in  Shahpur Kerni sector of Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district today (Saturday) afternoon.  There was a lull in cross-border firing on Friday. Eight civilians have been killed in unprecedented peace time mortar shelling by Pakistan on the international border and the LoC in the Jammu region since Oct 6, while over 60 have been injured.  
J&K government seeks Rs 44,000 cr flood relief package from Centre
October 11, 2014 10:58 AM
Jammu and Kashmir government has submitted a proposal to the central government, seeking a special financial package of 44,000 crore rupees for the rehabilitation of flood affected people. The state cabinet, which met here Friday evening under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, approved the proposal to seek package from the Centre.  It also decided to approach the union home ministry for releasing of funds to the tune of Rs 1,947.20 crore under National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) besides requesting the union government to declare tax holiday for the Jammu and Kashmir state for 10 years to facilitate its economic revival.  

Jammu and kashmir Lok Sabha Election Results 2014 - Party wise

Shown below are the number of seats won by BJP, INC, AAP and others in Jammu and kashmir Lok Sabha Elections 2014.

Jammu and kashmir 2014 Party Wise Results
Below shown is the result for all important candidates for Jammu and kashmir Lok Sabha Elections 2014.
Farooq Abdullah
JKN constituency:Srinagar
Votes so far: 115643
Ghulam Nabi Azad
INC constituency:Udhampur
Votes so far: 426393
Mehbooba Mufti
JKPDP constituency:Anantnag
Votes so far: 200429

Shown below is the list of winner/runnerup candidates of all parliamentary constituencies ofJammu and kashmir with their party name and symbol along with the votes secured by each candidate.

Baramulla WinnerMuzaffar Hussain Baig *
Runner upSharief Ud-Din Shariq *
Jammu WinnerJugal Kishore Sharma
Runner Up-----------
Udhampur WinnerDr. Jitendra Singh
Runner upGhulam Nabi Azad
Ladakh WinnerThupstan Chhewang
Runner upGhulam Raza
Anantnag WinnerMehbooba Mufti *
Runner upSyed Abid Ahmad Shah
Srinagar WinnerTariq Hameed Karra *
Runner upFarooq Abdullah *

Last Updated on October 17, 2014

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