Counting begins after 7.13% turnout in violence-hit Valley

Srinagar poll violence Kashmir Valley reopens after 3-day strike

Srinagar poll violence Kashmir Valley reopens after 3-day strike

Ahead of the Anantnag Lok Sabha bypoll, a state Congress delegation has accused the Mehbooba Mufti government of failing on all fronts and demanded imposition of Governor's rule in Jammu and Kashmir so that free and fair elections can be held.

The state government completely failed to give security to the people so that they could cast their vote in peace and in harmony, Abdullah said.

Voting for the parliamentary seat on April 9 was marred by violence and a record low 7.01 per cent voter turnout.

According to the data circulated by the official spokesman, out of the total 974 migrant votes polled, 952 votes were found valid.

- Farooq Abdullah set to win, leads by 9,199 votes over PDP's Nazir Ahmad Khan. Nine candidates were in the fray.

Abdullah, 79, had lost the seat to PDP's Tariq Hameed Karra in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. At least eight people were killed and over 100 injured in security forces firing on protesters during clashes on the poll day. He alleged that people who are not involved in any stone throwing or anything are being arrested or taken out from their homes and that process continues even today.

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 valley residents after the assassination of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani in July a year ago. Otherwise it is unlikely that the people would get justice, he said.

Dr. Farooq Abdullah said he would seek a dialogue between New Delhi and Islamabad and also ask New Delhi to talk to all stakeholders in Kashmir including the Hurriyat leadership. We have seen polls before also where hardly any percentage was there.

Only seven per cent voters turned out to exercise their franchise.

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