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Farooq Abdullah wins Srinagar LS seat

In the bloodiest and the lowest ever voter turnout in J&K electorate polls conducted so far Farooq Abdullah of the National Conference has won the byelection to the Sringar parliamentary constituency. He has won the seat with a margin of more than 10,000 votes over his PDP rival Nazir Ahmed Khan. Over 8 civilians were killed in a pitched battle between the security forces and separatists who pelted stones and hurled petrol bombs on CRPF jawans last Sunday. Nearly 100 security personnel were also seriously injured. The voter turnout was the lowest, a mere 7.2 %. Even in the deferred polling in 38 booths for which elections were conducted on Thursday due to largescale violence the turnout was very low. In some booths it was 0% and in some booths a mere one or 2 voters turned out to cast their vote. The bypoll was caused due to the resignation of PDP candidate, Tariq Ahmed Karra who resigned to the party as well as to his Lok Sabha membership as a protest against the Centre's failure to curb the violence after the death of terrorist Burhan Vani. Farooq Abdulla lost the election to Tariq Ahmed in the 2014 parliamentary elections. Congress party supported Farooq Abdullah. in the byelection. Talking to the media Farooq Abdullah wanted the central government as well as the President to dismiss the coalition BJP-PDP government and conduct fresh polls to the state assembly. The Election Commission postponed the election to the Anantnag Lok Sabha seat after the violence in Srinagar. The election to the Anantnag Parliament seat was scheduled to be conducted on April 12 which now will be conducted on May 25. The seat was vacated by Mehbooba Mufti, who incidentally became the CM of J&K. Mehbooba's brother is contesting to the Anantnag Lok Sabha seat.