Early trends indicate hung assembly in J&K

Early trends indicate hung assembly in J&K

Srinagar: A hung assembly seemed to be on the cards in Jammu and Kashmir with key parties appearing to be far behind the halfway mark in the 87-member House as votes polled in the seven-phased elections were countedon Sunday.

While National Conference (NC) is ahead in 23 seats, PDP is leading in 19, Congress in 16 and BJP in 13 seats.

Others and independents were ahead in 16 seats as per the trends available from all the constituencies.

BJP seems to have done well in Jammu region in the backdrop of Amarnath land row, and in the process damaged the electoral prospects of the Congress there.

The NC appeared to have come from behind in the Kashmir Valley after trailing in the initial hours of counting. The NC and the PDP were running neck and neck in the region.

The 2002 polls had also thrown up a hung assembly when Congress and PDP joined hands to form the government but later parted ways on the Amarnath issue earlier this year, leading to Governor’s rule in the border state.