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35 political parties failed to win a seat in J&K polls

December 29, 2008 18:12 IST

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Coverage: Jammu and Kashmir assembly polls

As the 11th Jammu and Kashmir [Images] Assembly elections returned a fractured verdict, 35 out of the 43 political parties that were in fray failed to win a single seat.

"Out of 43 political parties in fray, only eight have won
different number of seats in the elections and 35 parties got a big zero," Election Department officials told PTI.

 A record number of 1354 candidates, including 517
independents, contested the seven-phased assembly elections in the state, having an 87-member assembly.


While three national parties - Bharatiya Janata Party, Congress and Communist Party of India-Marxist and five regional parties--National Conference, Peoples Democratic Party, Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party, People Democratic Front and J&K Democratic Party National- won 87 seats together, 750 candidates fielded by 35 outfits lost the hustings, the officials said.

The National Conference headed by Omar Abdullah [Images] topped
the list with 28 seats, followed by Mufti Mohammed Sayeed's PDP with 21, Congress  with 17 and BJP with 11. The CPI-M, PDF and JKDPN have all won one seat each.

The Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party, had fielded
the second highest number of 83 candidates, but failed to bag a single seat.

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