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NC-Congress coalition loses to opposition in indian-controlled Kashmir

English.news.cn   2014-05-16 19:32:56

SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, May 16 (Xinhua) -- The National Conference (NC) and the Congress party ruling coalition in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Friday lost all the six seats to the opposition, officials said.

The NC lost all the three seats to the region's main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), while as the Congress party lost two seats to the opposition right-wing Hindu nationalist Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) and third one to an independent candidate.

Both NC and the Congress had entered into a pre-poll alliance and two of its leaders and ministers in the Congress government Farooq Abdullah and Ghulam Nabi Azad suffered a defeat in the elections.

The region's Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has taken moral responsibility of the defeat in Indian-controlled Kashmir.

"It is huge shock and setback and we are grappling with what has happened," Abdullah told media in Srinagar. "We will discuss it in our meeting."

Indian-controlled Kashmir sends six members to 543 member Indian parliament known as Lok Sabha.

In the rest of India, BJP led National Democratic Alliance is sweeping polls and heading towards a landslide victory giving ruling Congress party-led United Progressive Alliance a serious setback. The NDA is likely to get over 330 seats in the elections.

In India's 543-strong parliament, a party or coalition needs at least 272 seats to form the government.

Election in India this year witnessed a voter turnout at 66.38 percent, a record high so far in the country's history.

Editor: Xiang Bo
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