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Lok Sabha polls 2019: Nearly 80% candidates in J&K lost security deposit

The BJP retained three parliamentary seats of Jammu, Udhampur and Ladakh, while the National Conference swept the polls in the Kashmir valley, winning all the three seats of Srinagar, Anantnag and Bar

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

Lok Sabha elections 2019
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Barring the parliamentary constituency, majority of the contesting candidates lost their security deposit in five other constituencies in where 51 of them even failed to get one per cent of the valid votes.

The BJP retained three parliamentary seats of Jammu, Udhampur and Ladakh, while the National Conference swept the polls in the valley, winning all the three seats of Srinagar, and

A total of 79 candidates were in the fray for the six parliamentary seats, but 63 of them lost their security deposit of Rs 25,000 and Rs 12,500 (for schedule tribe and scheduled caste candidates) as they failed to get the minimum required one-sixth (16.67 per cent) of the total polled valid votes, according to official data by the

The parliamentary seat which was won by 33-year-old BJP -- the youngest among the six winners from the state -- was the only constituency where rest of the three candidates managed to save their deposits.

Namgyal got 42,914 votes (33.94 per cent) and defeated his nearest rival and who secured 31,984 votes (25.3 per cent).

rebel candidate came third with 29,365 votes (23.23 per cent) followed by Congress' official candidate who polled 21,241 votes (16.8 per cent).

The constituency is the largest in in terms of area but has the lowest number of over 1.71 lakh voters in the state. A total of over 1.26 lakh voters had exercised their franchise with 922 of them preferring None Of The Above (NOTA), which was 0.73 per cent of the total voting.

The voting trend in the Jammu parliamentary constituency, where the highest 24 candidates were in the fray, revealed a direct contest between BJP's Jugal Kishore and senior and former

While Kishore retained the seat for the party by getting 8,58,066 votes (58.02 per cent), Bhalla got 5,55,191 votes (37.54 per cent).

The rest of the 22 candidates, including patron of National Panthers Party Bhim Singh, Dogra Swabhiman Sangathan (DSS) founder and former BJP and got below one per cent votes.

The constituency had recorded the highest 72.16 per cent polling in the state and only 2,618 among 14,78,795 voters pushed the NOTA button.

Similarly, the Udhampur parliamentary constituency, which was retained by by a huge margin of 3.57 lakh votes defeating Dogra scion and leader Vikramaditya Singh, saw 10 candidates loosing their security deposit.

The BJP's candidate got 7,24,311 votes (61.38 per cent) against the Congress candidate who polled 3,67,659 votes (31.1 per cent).

Two other Rajputs in the fray -- and former minister and DSS founder (Lal Singh) -- got 2.06 and 1.61 per cent votes, respectively.

Seven other candidates got below one per cent votes despite the constituency recording the second highest voter turnout at 70.2 per cent. Among the 11.80 lakh voters, 7568 voters preferred NOTA.

In Srinagar, where only 14.1 per cent of over 12.94 lakh electorate exercised their right, 10 of the 12 candidates lost their deposits with eight even failing to reach one per cent mark.

retained the seat by getting 1,06,750 votes (57.14 per cent), defeating of the PDP, who got 36,700 votes (19.64 per cent).

People's Conference candidate was the only other candidate who managed double figures with 15.4 per cent (28,773 votes).

The 83-year-old Abdullah -- the three-time former minister -- has so far lost an election only once in his 42-year political career since his debut in 1980. This was his fourth win in the

The parliamentary constituency, where the second highest 18 candidates, including former minister Mehbooba Mufti, were locked in a multi-cornered contest, saw 15 candidates losing their security deposits.

The seat, where election was held in three phases due to security concerns, registered the lowest voter turnout of only 8.76 per cent in the state. It was won by National Conference candidate and former

Masoodi got 40,180 votes (32.17 per cent), followed by state Congress G A Mir, who got 33,504 votes (26.83 per cent).

Mufti, who had won the seat in 2014 before resigning to become the in 2016, polled only 30,524 votes (24.44 per cent).

A dozen other candidates, including BJP's Sofi Yousuf, failed to reach double figures as far as the voting percentage is concerned. Eleven of the candidates ended up below one per cent.

The parliamentary constituency was won by after securing 1,33,426 (29.29 per cent) votes, defeating of the Peoples' Conference, who got 1,03,193 (22.65 per cent). managed 1,02,168 votes (22.43 per cent).

The constituency has recorded the highest 34.71 per cent voting in the Valley. Six of the candidates, including from the PDP, the Congress and the BJP, got only 11.75 (53,530), 7.58 (34,532) and 1.73 per cent (7,894 votes), respectively.

While two candidates received below one per cent votes, the NOTA got the maximum 1.78 per cent (8,055 votes) in the constituency, which was the highest in all the six seats in the state.

Incidentally, forty-five candidates had secured far less votes than NOTA which had got a total of 21,724 votes across the state.

First Published: Sat, May 25 2019. 15:25 IST