The maximum number of chairpersons of Block Development Councils (BDC) who were elected unopposed in Kashmir Valley were from the two worst militancy-affected districts of Shopian and Pulwama.Of the 24 chairpersons elected without contest in 133 blocks in the Kashmir Valley, 10 were from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and 14 were Independents. In the block elections in Shopian, six BJP candidates won unopposed and, in Pulwama, two BJP candidates won without a fight.Elections were held in 310 blocks in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday. Thirteen winning candidates were women.The elections of BDC chairpersons are indirect and they are elected by Panches and Sarpanches of a Panchayat falling within a particular block. The Congress, the National Conference and the Peoples Democratic Party did not take part in the polls, the first to be held after the revocation of the special status of J&K in August. Most cadres of the political parties, except the BJP, are in detention.The panchayat elections were held in J&K in 2018 and total of 27,281 panches and sarpanches were elected. There are 12,776 vacant sarpanch and panch seats in J&K.As many as 217 Independents won in the BDC elections, of which 101 were from the Kashmir Valley.On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that the BDC polls held for the first time since 1947, “witnessed a historic turnout of 98%”. “I am delighted to share that the BDC polls in Jammu, Kashmir, Leh and Ladakh were conducted in a very peaceful manner. There was no violence. This shows the people’s unwavering faith in democracy and the importance they accord to grassroots level governance,” he tweeted.