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PDP's Chief Ministerial candidate Mufti Mohd Sayeed leading
Tuesday December 23, 2014 11:35 AM, News Network

Even as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) are locked in neck and neck battle for the status of the single largest party in Jammu and Kashmir, PDP's Chief Ministerial candidate Mufti Mohd Sayeed is leading in Anantnag.

Mufti Saeed

Mufti Mohd Sayeed is leading from Anantnag by a whopping 11,531 votes as per the reports coming from the counting centres made available at 11:00 a.m.

Trends also showed that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is ahead in 26 seats whereas, giving the PDP a close contest, the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) is ahead in 23 seats of the total 87 seats in the state where counting began this morning.

BJP's star cmapaigner and the prominent Muslim face of the saffron party in Jammu and Kahsmir Hina Bhatt is leading ahead of all her rivals in Amirakadal.

Amirakadal, from where Dr. Hina Bhatt of BJP, who is the daughter of former National Conference MLC Muhammad Shafi Bhat, is currently leading, was the seat Yusuf Shah contested in 1987. After the rigged elections, he became Syed Salahuddin, head of the Hizbul Mujahiddin.

Congress and the ruling NC were ahead in just 17 and 13 seats respectivley. While the Congress is close to its last year's tally, the ruling NC shows a loss of 15 seats as compared to the last election.

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah contested from Beerwah and Sonawar. He is however reported to be trailing in one constiteuncy.

Most exit polls have predicted a hung assembly in Jammu and Kashmir, the country's only Muslim-majority state.

Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office Jitendra Singh told CNN-IBN that the BJP was "going to make history in Jammu and Kashmir".

A total of 48.29 lakh votes are to be counted.





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