Srinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday criticised Mehbooba Mufti government for recommending postponement of by-poll over law and order issue in the Anantnag assembly seat, saying it only showed how much "petrified" she was of facing people.
In a series of tweets within minutes of the Election Commission announcing postponement of the by-poll, Omar said, "in an admission of how bad the situation is under @mehbooba_mufti the Election commission has been forced to postpone Anantnag by-election."
"It's an admission both of how bad things have become under @mehbooba_mufti & how petrified she is of facing the people in the by-election," the National Conference leader tweeted.
Located in South Kashmir, Anantnag seat fell vacant after the death of the then state chief minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed on 7 January.
The EC had announced by-poll to this seat along with eight other assembly seats on 16 May.
The poll panel on Thursday said that fresh date will be announced later.