Randhawa wins by draw, Balbir with 31 votes, PDP’s Dar faces defeat

Annoyed with PDP, Rizvi votes for BJP

Newspoint Bureau
Jammu Tawi, April 17
Annoyed with ruling PDP for not giving due credit, Independent MLA from Zanskar Mohammad Bakir Rizvi today voted in favour of BJP candidate, who was later declared winner by draw of lots during the MLC elections results declared here this evening.
According to well placed sources, Rizvi, the close aide of PDP, had resentment against the party for not keeping the promises made to him despite he voted for the PDP in previous MLC elections vis-a-vis Rajya Sabha polls.
Rizvi, a week ago decided to separate himself from alliance with the PDP following which the development of voting in favour of BJP candidate happened.
According to sources, Independent candidates Pawan Gupta, who remained MoS Finance during Mufti Mohammad Sayeed PDP-BJP Govt, Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami, Engineer Rashid and Hakeem Yaseen voted in favour of Congress candidate Balbir Singh thus taking his number to 31.
Congress (12) in alliance with National Conference (15) had total 27 votes.
Meanwhile PDP (28), BJP (25) Government earlier had total 58 votes but with Rizvi, revolting against PDP, the total votes remained were 57 including two of Peoples Conference and two nominated MLAs Priya Sethi and Asia Naqsh.
PDP having 29 MLAs including nominated was sure shot of winning the MLC seats for its candidate with a single vote of Rizvi by taking the figure to 30 but eleventh hour, ‘game plan’ turned the table in favour of BJP.
The BJP candidate Vikram Randhawa polled 25 party votes besides two of Peoples Conference, one of nominated Priya Sethi and Independent Rizvi due to which there was a tie between both BJP and PDP candidates.
Randhawa however, was later declared winner on the basis of draw of lots, a procedure laid down in the Constitution, as the PDP candidate Abdul Qayoom Dar also secured the equal number of votes (29).
Now BJP won three, PDP, NC and Congress one seat each and with the declaration of the results to the two seats today, the election process for six MLC seats falling vacant on April 19, 2017 has been completed.
The results were declared by the Secretary, J&K Legislative Assembly Mohammad Ramzan, who was designated as Returning Officer for the election.
Singh secured 31 votes while Randhawa secured 29 votes and both were declared winners.
All 89 MLAs (including two nominated) exercised their franchise through open ballot.
Pertinent to mention that as many as eight candidates were in fray for elections to six seats of the Legislative Council, which will fall vacant due to retirement of 6 LC Members on April 19.
Out of the total 8 candidates in fray, four candidates namely Yasir Reshi, G L Raina, Aga Syed Mehmood and Pradeep Sharma have already made their entry to the Upper House unopposed as there was no candidate in fray.
One candidate Ashok Kumar Bhat had withdrawn his candidature.
There were only three candidates in straight fray for the two seats, which included PDP’s Abdul Qayoom Dar (Jammu Province), BJP’s Vikram Randhawa (Jammu Province) and NC-INC’s joint candidate Thakur Balbir Singh (Jammu Province).

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