Farooq Abdullah’s victory on the Srinagar by poll held on April 9 was a foregone conclusion . It was formally announced on Saturday- the day of counting .
The die was cast the day National Conference announced that its president and former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah would contest the by-poll with the support of his erstwhile PDP rival Tariq Hameed Karra , now in Congress. The rival against him was PDP ‘s Nazir Ahmad Khan
Nazir in comparison to Farooq Abdullah was a political light weight . Secondly , rather more importantly, he had to suffer the adverse impact of ruling party’s failure in handling the 2016 unrest . He was certain to loose and Farooq was the sure shot winner.
The victory part with 7 per cent voting has its own pinch, though the winner may revel in his often voiced thought ,” elections were credible because our workers braved violence to cast their vote.”
“Even a victory by one vote would be a victory,” Farooq Abdullah told a news channel after the elections were over . He was confident about his victory. Had he sensed the things otherwise, he would have raised serious questions about the credibility of the polls with so much low polling ..
This is typical of politicians . Farooq Abdullah is no exception .
Now it is to be seen whether Farooq Abdullah would toe his campaign theme of encouraging the stone throwers as “ nationalists fighting for their nation of Kashmir” and patronize them as he has promised with his and his party’s unqualified support. Or would be dismiss them as the “ paid agents of the PDP-BJP government.”
That is on the Kashmir front , how would he restore his image at the Indian national level where once he was considered as a trustworthy man against the anti-national elements and a counter to the Islamic extremism.
How he lives up to his promises remains to be seen. Testing times are ahead for him.
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