Won't celebrate Farooq Abdullah's 'victory': National Conference
The National Conference today said that it will not celebrate the victory of former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah in view of the deaths that occurred on the day of balloting.
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.
Farooq Abdullah beat his PDP rival Nazir Ahmad Khan by over 10,000 votes. Abdullah polled around 48,554 votes against Khan, who got 37,779 votes, officials said.
The polling for the seat was held on April 9 amid large- scale violence that left eight persons dead and several dozen others injured.
The constituency had recorded an abysmal 7.13 per cent voter turnout, the lowest ever in its history. The Election Commission had ordered repolling in 38 polling stations in violence-hit areas on April 13. This will be the third term as Lok Sabha member for Abdullah, whose victory is being seen as a major setback for the ruling PDP.
(With agency inputs)