Farooq Abdullah wins Srinagar seat, Demands for Governor’s rule in the state

April 15, 2017, 4:07 pm
Farooq Abdullah wins Srinagar seat, Demands for Governor’s rule in the state
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Farooq Abdullah wins Srinagar seat, Demands for Governor’s rule in the state

Farooq Abdullah wins Srinagar seat, Demands for Governor’s rule in the state

National Conference President and former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah won the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat by a margin of over 10000 votes.
He defeated his closest rival of PDP Nazir Ahmad Khan.

At least eight civilians were killed in the violece that marred the election

Only around seven percentage ( 89,865) of 12.61 lakh voters voted in the election. This is lowest turn out in Kashmir in last 30 years


When voting took place for a second time on Thursday, only 2 per cent voters turned up, the lowest in the history of the state.

There were nine candidates contesting the seat, but it was seen as a direct contest between Abdullah and Khan.

Abdullah, 79, had lost the seat to PDP's Tariq Hameed Karra in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. The seat fell vacant after Karra resigned from the PDP and the Lok Sabha - he eventually joined the Congress which entered in a pre-poll alliance with the National Conference.

"These were the worst elections in history due to bloodshed. No doubt I have won but we have lost precious lives that's why we are not happy with this win," said Farooq Abdullah.

Farooq Abdullah demanded for Governor's rule in the state as the government had failed to ensure a peaceful election.

I appeal to the Governor and the President of India to dismiss this government and impose Governor’s rule in the state where the people will get some respite and feel that such situation will not arise again
Abdullah said speaking to reporters after his poll victory.

He demanded that the deferred bypolls to the Anantnag Parliamentary seat should be held under Governor's rule.

Claiming the the eight youth who had died in the poll day violence were “martyred”, the National Conference chief said that several others were in hospitals or jails and he had never seen such an election.

He also thanked the people who braved the adverse condition even risking thier lives to cast vote in the election.