The electoral fate of nine candidates, including National Conference president Farooq Abdullah, will be known today as counting of votes for the bypoll to Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency is underway.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday described National Conference president Farooq Abdullah as a man who was "confused" about the impact of stone pelters with regards to realizing the aspirations of Kashmiris. "Results show that people are in favour of NC and have clearly rejected PDP", Mr Abdullah, who is a former chief minister of the state, said.
Out of the almost 80,000 votes cast, about 50,000 have been counted so far, an official said. Official sources said Abdullah bagged 48,554 votes while his rival from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nazir Ahmad Khan, got 37,779 votes.
In a statement, National Conference spokesperson Junaid Azim Mattu, said that the party would not celebrate Abdullah's election victory as eight persons had died in violence during the Srinagar-Budgam parliamentary constituency by-poll on April 9. At least eight people were killed and over 100 injured in security forces firing on protesters during clashes on the poll day. Six percent people have voted.
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Re-polling was held for 38 polling booths on Thursday which had seen most violence - but only 702 people turned up; in many booths, not a single vote was cast.
While talking to reporters he said, "I am thankful to Allah".
"This vote is for the rejection of the PDP", Mr. Abdullah said after he was declared victor. In 2014, the polling percentage was 26%, compared with 7.14% this time. Wars can't give any solution.
Summary: "What do you say to the people who have voted, even if it may be seven per cent with all the pressures on them?"