Anantnag bypolls: EC directs Chief Electoral Officer to hold emergency meeting with all political parties
The Election Commission of India has directed the Chief Electoral Officer to hold an emergency meeting with all political parties in Jammu & Kashmir after the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) demanded postponement of the Anantnag bypolls in the wake of the violence in Srinagar on Sunday.
Chief Electoral Officer Shantmanu will be meeting all parties and accordingly the decision on conducting or cancelling of the bypolls will be taken.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s brother who is contesting the election has appealed to the Election Commission to postpone the Anantnag bypoll. “Bypolls in Anantnag should be postponed,” said PDP leader and Mehbooba Mufti’s brother Tassaduq Hussain.
At least eight people were killed and scores were wounded in violence during the bypoll for the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat which saw the voter turnout plunge to an all-time low of 7.14 per cent.
Also, in a latest development, government schools designated as polling booths ahead of the Anantnag bypolls was set on fire. The incident took place in Pulwama and Shopian’s Padarpora.
Meanwhile, former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said that Tassaduq’s statement was an indictment of his sister’s government.