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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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