NC chief Farooq Abdullah wins Srinagar bypoll, defeats PDP candidate Nazir Khan

National Conference chief and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah today won the Srinagar bypoll.

National Conference chief and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah today won the Lok Sabha bypoll that took place on Sunday in Srinagar, defeating the People's Democratic Party's Nazir Khan.

The crucial election was marred by series of incidents of violence, with clashes between protestors and security forces.

While at least eight people were killed in the clashes, scores sustained injuries.

Incidentally, the by-election was unprecedented as it recorded the lowest voter turnout at 7.5 per cent which is the lowest in over three decades time.

State Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Shantmanu who visited the Sher-e-Kashmir International Convention Centre (SKICC) in Srinagar on Friday, where the counting is scheduled, said counting of votes would begin simultaneously in Jammu, Udhampur and New Delhi where Kashmiri migrants had voted.

There were nine candidates in the fray, but the main contest was between Abdullah and Nazir Ahmad Khan.

Voting in the by-election was held on April 9. Separatists had called for a boycott of these polls.

ANANTNAG POLLS DEFERRED

In wake of the prevailing tension in the Valley, the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Monday deferred the Anantnag by-polls till May 25. The by-polls were scheduled to be held on April 12.

A school designated as polling station for Anantnag by-polls was set on fire in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir.

A Panchayat Ghar was also set ablaze in Pulwama district.

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