Srinagar bypolls: Farooq Abdullah takes strong lead over PDP's Nazir Ahmad Khan

16 April, 2017, 02:06 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
  • Reuters

Farooq Abdullah, joint candidate of National Conference and Congress, has won the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat by defeating PDP candidate Nazir Ahmad Khan by about 10,000 votes.

Eight people were shot dead by paramilitary troopers and police and over 150 were injured in clashes between people and forces on polling day (9 April), which saw a mere seven percent voter turnout.

Only 7.14 per cent of voters had turned up at booths for the April 9 vote that was marred by unprecedented violence.

National Conference President Farooq Abdullah leading by 1047 votes after two rounds of counting.

He was also elected to the Lok Sabha unopposed from Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency in 1980 general elections.

Dr Farooq Abdullah of NC polled 48,555 votes while Nazir Ahmed Khan of PDP polled 37,779 votes.

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He added governor's rule must be imposed & elections must be "conducted under governor's rule".

Farooq had lost the seat to PDP's Tariq Hameed Karra in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. NOTA (none of the above) were 714, election officials said. "They have killed youth and put the lives of the people in danger", Abdullah said, at a press conference.

In a statement issued by the party, spokesperson Junaid Azim Mattu said, "We won't celebrate the victory in the by-poll in view of the deaths that occurred on balloting day". However, the seat fell vacant after Mr Karra resigned from Parliament and his party membership in protest against PDP forming a coalition government with BJP in 2016.

Reacting to the video of a youth tied up to an army vehicle, Abdullah said it is very shameful and a very bad act against democracy.

"What do you say to the people who have voted, even if it may be seven per cent with all the pressures on them?", he asked.

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