Gupkar Alliance demonstrates its clout, Winds of change in Kashmir?

In the Jammu and Kashmir District Development Council (DDC) elections, the People's Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD), an unlikely coalition created by the coming together of rivals Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and National Conference (NC), has scored an impressive victory in the Valley, while the BJP emerged as the dominant player in Jammu and the single largest party overall.

What made these local polls noteworthy is that, after the special status of the former state was annulled and the state was converted into two union territories in August 2019, they were the first such elections held in the Union Territory (UT) of Jammu and Kashmir.