Mehbooba wins Anantnag by-poll

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti interacts with an elderly voter as she visits a polling station during by-election to Anantnag  Photo-PTI

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti interacts with an elderly voter as she visits a polling station during by-election to Anantnag
Photo-PTI

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and daughter of Mufti Mohammad Sayed, Mehbooba Mufti secured Anantnag Assembly constituency by more than 12,000 votes.

Elections held after the passage of Mufti Mohammad Sayed, Mehbooba showed lead from first round in the counting held for Anantnag constituency on Saturday.This will be Mehbooba’s fourth term in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly

After 10 rounds of counting, Mehbooba secured more than 16,000 votes against her nearest rival and Congress candidate Hilal Ahmad Shah who got 5,529 votes. National Conference candidate Iftikhar Misger was a distant third, securing 2,702 votes.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose party is in a coalition government PDP congratulate her for her victory.

“Congratulations to J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti for the phenomenal victory in the Anantnag assembly by-election,” said PM Modi on Twitter.

Mehbooba Mufti has extended her lead to over 5,700 votes after four rounds of counting in the After the four rounds, Mehbooba had polled 8,549 votes followed by Hilal Ahmad Shah of Congress (2,752) and Iftikhar Misger of National Conference (9,526), District Election Authorities said.

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra administers oath to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, at Raj Bhawan in Jammu on Monday. PTI Photo

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra administers oath to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, at Raj Bhawan in Jammu on Monday. PTI Photo

Counting resumed after it was halted shortly when Congress candidate Hilal Shah alleged that he found unsealed EVMs on Saturday. Congress candidate Hilal Ahmad Shah alleged that the EVMs have been tampered with.

They said that some EVMs were not carrying the mandatory seal and might have been changed in the process to favour Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who is a candidate from the seat.

“Counting of votes was stopped after Shah and his agents walked out of the counting hall, ” said officials.

Polling in the constituency was held on June 22 during which over 28,000 of the 84,000 voters exercised their franchise.

Mehbooba is among eight candidates in the by poll for Anantnag Assembly seat which was necessitated due to death of incumbent MLA and then chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on January 7 this year.