In a record-breaking performance, senior National Conference leader Abdul Rahim Rather won the Charar-e-Sharief assembly constituency for the sixth time in succession.
Born at Badipora in Chadoora tehsil, the veteran 64-year-old leader was elected to the assembly in 1977 and since then retained his seat in 1983, 1987, 1996 and 2002 elections.
Besides Rather, National Conference veteran Ali Mohammad Sagar won for the fifth time in a row. He was elected from Khanyar constituency for the third time. Sagar had earlier contested from Batmaloo in 1987 and in 1983 when it was known as Zainakadal constituency.
Mian Altaf, again from National Conference, bagged the Gujjar dominated Kangan assembly seat for the fourth time in a row.
Altaf had managed to cling on to the Kangan assembly constituency in 2002 when anti-national conference wave did not spare its party chief Omar Abdullah in the neighbouring Ganderbal assembly segment.
CPI(M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami was among the five candidates who registered a hattrick in the polls held in the militancy-torn Jammu and Kashmir.
Tarigami won Kulgam seat for the third time in succession despite predictions by poll pundits that he may not make it to the 11th state assembly.
Among others scoring a hattrick were Kafeel-ur-Rehman (Karnah assembly seat), Saifullah Mir (kupwara) and Mubarak Ahmad Gul (Eidgah). All the three were again from National Conference.