Former J&K CM Farooq Abdullah wins Srinagar Lok Sabha bypoll
National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah on Saturday won the Srinagar Lok Sabha bypoll, defeating the ruling PDP candidate, Nazir Khan, by a margin of over 10,700 votes.
Srinagar: National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah on Saturday won the Srinagar Lok Sabha bypoll, defeating the ruling PDP candidate, Nazir Khan, by a margin of over 10,700 votes.
Abdullah polled around 48,554 votes against Khan, who got 37,779 votes, officials said.
The polling for the seat was held on 9 April amid large-scale violence that left eight persons dead and several dozen others injured.
The constituency had recorded an abysmal 7.13 percent voter turnout, the lowest ever in its history.
The Election Commission had ordered repolling in 38 polling stations in violence-hit areas on 13 April.
This will be the third term as Lok Sabha member for Abdullah, whose victory is being seen as a major setback for the ruling PDP. He was earlier elected to the House of People in 1980 and 2009.
Although there were seven other candidates in the fray, it was Nota that bagged the second runner-up spot with over 930 voters choosing this option.
National Conference workers did not celebrate the win of their party president as a mark of respect to the eight youths killed in firing by security forces on 9 April.
The bypoll to the seat was necessitated after the then PDP leader Tariq Hamid Karra resigned from the Lower House of Parliament in protest against the "atrocities" inflicted upon the people during the unrest triggered by the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani last year.
Like many of his generation, Mehrajuddin Halwai, a Hizb-ul-Mujahideen operative who was killed earlier this week, appears to have been radicalised in the course of the large-scale, Islamist-led street protests which tore across Kashmir from 2006
The police said that one of the militants, identified as Fayaz War, was involved in several attacks and killings of civilians and security personnel. He was the last perpetrator of violence in north Kashmir
An official statement said that a blinking red light was observed by the troops at a height of 200 metres but the object went back across the border after personnel fired at it