JAMMU: In the keenly contested biennial elections to the two Legislative Council seats, BJP’s Vikram Randhawa and congress’s Thakur Balbir Singh were declared elected by secretary legislative assembly Mohammad Ramzan, who was designated as Returning Officer (RO) for the election.
Thakur secured 31 votes while Randhawa secured 29 votes and both were declared winners. Randhawa was 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).
The elections were held at the central hall of the assembly secretariat under the supervision of JK chief electoral officer Shantmanu.
The voting commenced at 9 am and ended at 4 pm . All 89 MLAs (including two nominated) exercised their franchise through open ballot.
It is 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 One candidate Ashok Kumar Bhat had withdrawn his candidature.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).