NATIONAL CONFERENCE PRESIDENT FAROOQ ABDULLAH WON THE SRINAGAR-BUDGAM LOK SABHA BY-ELECTION WITH LANDSLIDE MARGIN :

National Conference President and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah won the Srinagar-Budgam Lok Sabha by-election with a landslide margin on Saturday.   Abdullah polled 35,470 out of the total 62,905 votes while PDP rival Nazir Ahmad Khan polled 24,879 votes.  The counting of votes began at 8 a.m. Voting was held on April 9, wherein only seven per cent voters turned out to exercise their franchise.  State Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Shantmanu who visited the Sher-e-Kashmir International Convention Centre (SKICC) in Srinagar on Friday, where the counting is scheduled, said counting of votes would begin simultaneously in Jammu, Udhampur and New Delhi where Kashmiri migrants had voted.  Media was not allowed to enter the counting hall; authorities did not share info with journalists waiting at the counting centre. The News18 : 15th. Apr,17

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