Won't celebrate Farooq Abdullah's 'victory': NC

Trevor Jackson
April 16, 2017

Mr Abdullah also said fresh Assembly elections should be conducted in the state under Governor's rule. He was earlier elected to the House of People in 1980 and 2009.

Eight civilian protesters were killed in clashes with the security forces on April 9.

In a statement, National Conference spokesperson Junaid Azim Mattu, said that the party would not celebrate Abdullah's election victory as eight persons had died in violence during the Srinagar-Budgam parliamentary constituency by-poll on April 9. The former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister urged the central government to impose Governor's rule in the state, terming the election as the "bloodiest ever".

"All of a sudden, we came to know of the deferment of polls for Anantnag, and its rescheduling for May 25, without seeking any prior views and consultations with the opposition candidates", he said.

"I will also say that the election in Anantnag must happen under the Governor's Rule". A total of 963 people voted for NOTA (none of the above), election officials said.

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"In 2010 unrest, the NC-Congress coalition government alleged that the PDP is supporting the stone-pelters whom the then government was calling as criminals, drug-addicts and anti-nationals".

A meagre seven percent turnout was witnessed in repolling held in 38 polling stations of Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency on Thursday.

Karra's resignation from the party led to the seat getting vacant.

He batted for resumption of Indo-Pak talks and dialogue with all stakeholders including separatist Hurriyat Conference. Wars can't give any solution.

Farooq Abdullah on Saturday expressed profound grief and sorrow over the loss of innocent lives in Kashmir and said the recent incidents of youth being humiliated and denigrated had caused him anguish and pain.

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