Srinagar, Apr 15: Counting of votes for the Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency bye-election results 2017 in Jammu and Kashmir will begin from 8 AM. The main contest is between National Conference president Farooq Abdullah and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Nazir Ahmad Khan in Srinagar bypolls. The polling for the Srinagar bye-election results was held on April 9 and repolling in 38 stations on Saturday. We will be updating live on Jammu and Kashmir- Srinagar bye-election results 2017. Catch the instant live updates on Srinagar bypolls results here.
As many as nine candidates are in fray in the bye-elections to the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat in Jammu and Kashmir. The Srinagar Lok Sabha seat fell vacant when PDP’s sitting MP Tariq Karra resigned from the party during the summer of unrest for aligning with the BJP. The polling for the Srinagar bypolls results was marred by widespread violence, with the constituency recording its lowest voter turnout of 7.13 per cent. Eight persons were dead and scores of others, including security personnel, injured in clashes with stone-pelting protesters on the day of polling. The Election Commission conducted a repoll yesterday on 38 polling stations which were worst hit by the poll day violence. The repoll saw an abysmal turnout of two per cent. In as many as 18 polling stations, not a single voter turned up. In four others, only one vote each was cast. (ALSO READ: Will National Conference make a comeback in Kashmir?)
Stakes are high for PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti, who took over as the first woman chief minister of the Muslim-majority Jammu and Kashmir last year after death of her father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah whose National Conference is toiling to regain the lost ground. Bharatiya Janata Party is in alliance with PDP in Jammu and Kashmir, Congress again joined hands with NC after a bitter split in the run-up to the last assembly elections in December 2014. The Sinagar bye-election results might show how PDP’s alliance with the BJP impact their voters.
Meanwhile, the Election Commission of India has deferred the bye-election in the Anantnag parliamentary constituency till May 25. The decision followed widespread violence during Sunday’s voting which left eight people dead in firing by security forces. “The commission expects the law and order situation in the constituency to improve and become conducive to the holding of free and fair election,” EC said. The Anantnag seat fell vacant when Mehbooba Mufti resigned from the seat after becoming Chief Minister of the state on July 4, 2016. The PDP has fielded Mehbooba Mufti’s brother Tassaduq Mufti against Congress’ Ghulam Ahmad Mir from Anantnag.