Srinagar: Counting for the four Legislative Council seats in Jammu and Kashmir under the Panchayat quota began in Srinagar on Thursday.

The polls for the reserved seats were held after a gap of 38 years as the Panchayat elections in the state were held last year after a gap over three decades.

As many as 33,450 panchayat members will decide the fate of 37 candidates in fray. National Conference and Congress partners in the ruling coalition are contesting the elections jointly and have fielded two candidates each for the four seats.

The opposition parties, including PDP and Panthers Party, have fielded candidates on all four seats while the Bharatiya Janata Party is contesting on three seats two from Jammu region and one from Kashmir Valley. The Bahujan Samaj Party has also fielded three candidates.


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