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Jammu, December 15
The Election Commission of India has postponed Anantnag parliamentary by poll and clubbed it with that of Srinagar ‘s parliamentary by-election in April, according to sources in the Election Commission of India in New Delhi.
This decision has been taken in view of the Jammu and Kashmir government’s plea that the law and order situation required more time to improve to be conducive for the conduct of free and fair polls in Anantnag parliamentary constituency , where the election should have been held before January 4, 2017. The seat was vacated by Mehbooba Mufti after becoming chief minister and winning the Assembly-by-election from Anantnag, fulfilling a constitutional necessity of getting elected to the House within six months of her becoming Chief Minister. The Assembly seat had fallen vacant following the death of her father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.
Immediately after her victory from Anantnag Assembly seat in June , she had resigned from Lok Sabha. But the July 8 episode of killing of Burhan Wani, the militant whose name is a signature to the unprecedented unrest in Kashmir for the past over five months , turned the things topsy turvy as massive protests broke out in South Kashmir washing out all the prospects of the bye-election to Anantnag parliamentary constituency on time.
Srinagar seat fell vacant after Tariq Hameed Karra , resigned from the seat and PDP to protest against the “ brutalities unleashed on people of Kashmir” during the unrest .
It is being speculated that National Conference president Farooq Abdullah who had lost the 2014 parliamentary poll from Srinagar to Karra, would fight from the seat again, while Tassaduq Mufti, Mehbooba’s younger brother may contest from Anantnag to face a joint candidate of National Conference and Congress.
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