Former chief minister and opposition National Conference president Farooq Abdullah has challenged ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Nazir Ahmad Khan in the Srinagar-Budgam constituency.
On Sunday, eight people were killed and over 100 security personnel were injured after mobs took to the streets at different places across the Lok Sabha constituency straddling Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal districts.
The mobs even set ablaze a polling station and attempting to set afire two others.
Alarmed by the unprecedented violence, the Election Commission decided to defer the south Kashmir Anantnag Parliamentary seat by-poll to May 25. Voting in the constituency was otherwise scheduled for April 12.
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9.15am: National Conference’s Farooq Abdullah leading by 986 votes over PDP’s Nazir Khan.
9.09am: National Conference’s Farooq Abdullah has polled 3990 while PDP’s Nazir Ahmad Khan has got 2857 so far. Total votes counted so far is 7272.
8am: Counting begins for the Srinagar Lok Sabha bypoll.