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

Jerome Frank
April 16, 2017

Soon after winning the Srinagar bypoll with a landslide margin, National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah on Saturday demanded that Governor's rule be imposed in Jammu and Kashmir and fresh elections be held.

After victory, Abdullah requested the Centre and the President to dismiss the present Government and impose Governor's Rule and conduct fresh elections in the State.

Counting for Srinagar Lok Sabha bypoll, which recorded a voter turnout of 7.13%, began at 8 am.

Ruling PDP got 37,779 votes losing from former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah who won 48,554 votes.

Of the 52132 votes counted till noon, 542 had opted for NOTA option while other five candidates had secured votes in two digit or three digit figures.

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The Election Commission had ordered a repoll on April 13 in 38 segments hit by violence in Budgam district in the constituency but separatists succeeded in paralysing the exercise completely.

- National Conference stalwart Farooq Abdullah leading by 986 votes over PDP's Nazir Khan. "But results show that people are in favour of NC".

The by-polls of Srinagar Parliamentary constituency were held again after multiple incidents of violence resulting in the killing of seven civilians and injuring many on April 9. Eight people were killed in police firing and over a hundred were injured in clashes between protesters and security forces on the polling day on April 9, which saw a mere 7 per cent voter turnout.

"I will also talk to all stakeholders to find a solution for the Kashmir issue", he added. He was defeated in 2014 by the then Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Tariq Hameed Karra.

Responding to a question on the NC stand on Article 370, Abdullah said our stand has always been that the Article has to be restored to 1953 level.

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