There was a level playing field. Everyone was free. Nobody was under detention and were free to move about. But the results which came out of the local bodies and gram panchayat polls have made it clear that terrorism and separatism were defeated
Among the big Independent wins is Taranjit Singh defeating BJP's two-time MLA and former minister Sham Lal Choudhary in Suchetgarh in Jammu region by a slender margin of 11 votes.
Mufti was released on October 14 after being in detention from August 5 last year following the abrogation of the special status of the erstwhile state.
The Centre had ended the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated it into union territories on August 5 last year.
National Conference general secretary Ali Mohammed Sagar and senior PDP leader Sartaj Madani were booked under the PSA.
The killing of Wani triggered protests spanning months, during which differences between the PDP and BJP also came to the fore a number of times.
This is the first foreign delegation to Kashmir after abrogation of the state's special status and the visit is being seen as a major diplomatic outreach by the government.
The electoral exercise, the first in the state after abrogation of its special status, was boycotted by the Congress, the National Conference and the PDP
Union Minister of Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said Mufti with her statement was "trying to give oxygen to terrorists".
"All of us know there can be no horse trading unless Delhi (the Centre) wants it. If Delhi tries to break my party, they will be repeating what was done here in 1987," Mufti told the media here.
The BJP had last month pulled out of the coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir, bringing the state under Governor's rule.
The Governor, through Twitter, has been receiving complaints about issues which were considered dead and buried.
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