SRINAGAR: The right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has become the leading party in the J&K Legislative Council with the highest number of members, after the term of eight members expired on Thursday.
The PDP and Congress each lose three members, while BJP and NC lose one member each. The new numbers will be: BJP 10 members, PDP 8, National Conference (NC) 3, and Congress just one.
Chairman of the Legislative Council, Haji Anayat Ali, on Thursday bid them adieu on completion of their tenure, here at the Council Secretariat.
The outgoing members are Syed Naeem Akhter Andrabi, Rani Gargi Blowria, Naresh Kumar Gupta, Mohammad Muzaffar Parray, Showkat Hussain Ganai, Yash Pal Sharma, Sofi Yousuf and Firdous Ahmad Tak.
Before the exit of these members in the 36-member upper house of state legislature, the PDP and BJP were having same number of 11 members, while the Congress and NC were each holding four seats.
Six seats are reserved in the house of which two are nominated while rest are reserved for Panchayat and local bodies. About 12 seats are vacant since December last year.