Counting begins for Anantnag by-polls, Mehbooba’s fate on stake

Mehbooba Mufti
Mehbooba Mufti, File Photo

The counting of votes for the by-elections of Anantnag constituency of south Kashmir begins on Saturday, the counting will take place at Government Degree College.

The result of by-poll would declare the fate of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, seeking entry to the state Assembly. However, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and seven other candidates are in the fray.

Ignoring boycott calls from separatists and terrorist groups, nearly 34% electorate today exercised their franchise in the by-election in Anantnag Assembly constituency. The voter turnout was five per cent less than the last Assembly elections.

After Mehbooba Mufti takes oath as Jammu and Kashmir’s first woman chief minister on April 4, it became mandatory for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader to become a member of either house of the bicameral legislature.

Anantnag was represented in the 87-member Legislative Assembly by her late father and then Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed till he passed away on January 7 in New Delhi.

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Wefornews Bureau

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