Srinagar: In a major embarrassment to the Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD), its district development council (DDC) members in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Saturday cross voted against its own candidate, helping independent candidate Safeena Baig to win.
Safeena Baig, an independent candidate backed by Peoples Conference and others, won the election for the post of chairperson of District Development Council (DDC) Baramulla while Sonullah Parrey of PC bagged the position of deputy chairperson.
Both the camps had support of seven members each, which they also publicly demonstrated on February 8 when election was adjourned due to lack of quorum after PAGD members abstained.
Quoting an unnamed official, KNO reported that Safeena Baig secured 10 votes while her rival Qurat-Ul-Bashir of PDP managed to get only four votes.
For the post of vice-chairperson, PC’s Sonullah Parrey and Irfan Hafiz Lone got seven votes each.
“The winner for VC post was declared through draw of lots,” the official said. This means three members who voted for Safina did not vote for PC candidate during the election for VC post. “Apni Party voted against us during the election for VC post ,” a Peoples Conference leader told KNO.