Jammu and Kashmir: Congress-NC candidate Farooq Abdullah wins Srinagar by

Kristopher Drake
April 16, 2017

Abdullah, the three-time Jammu and Kashmir CM, won the Srinagar parliamentary seat by a comfortable margin: He was over 10,000 votes ahead of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Nazir Ahmad Khan.

Inside, Farooq Abdullah appealed to the President of India to impose Governor's rule in the state, following the civilian killings and violence in different parts of the Valley.

The bypoll to Srinagar Lok Sabha seat was held on April 9, with the constituency recording its lowest voter turnout of 7.13 per cent.

Of the 89,865 votes polled, 56,119 votes have been counted, election officials said.

Since Farooq Abdullah was a joint NC-Congress candidate for Srinagar seat, Karra too campaigned for Farooq and sought votes for him to defeat PDP-BJP-RSS "unholy alliance". Locals said a group of boys tried to attack a polling station, but the security forces opened fire resulting in the two casualties.

Soon after winning Srinagar by-poll, he blamed the current coalition government of having failed to provide a safe atmosphere for conduct of by-election, demanding that the by-election in Anantnag parliamentary constituency should be held under Governor's rule. At least eight people were killed and over 100 injured in security forces firing on protesters during clashes on the poll day. His PDP rival got 35,545 votes.

Asked about the dismal poll percentage in the bypolls, Abdullah replied by saying "How does it matter?"

Talking to reporters at Jammu, Mehbooba said, "Dr Farooq seems be confused as he is making the contrary statements regarding the stones throwers". Only 700 voters out of around 35,000 - or 2 per cent - had turned up to vote on April 13.

War is not a solution to anything, the NC leader said.

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