JK News Today
Jammu, November 16
It is almost certain that Anantnag by poll to Lok Sabha, which was represented by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, will be postponed and not held before January 4.
PDP argued against the holding of the bye-election in Anantnag parliamentary constituency at this point of time , saying that the situation was not conducive for electioneering as the elements of unrest are alive. The ruling party made this point at an all party meeting convened by Chief Electoral officer Shantmanu in the winter capital city of Jammu on Wednesday
However, this view was negated by the opposition parties, National Conference and Congress . These parties said that the Valley has three seats from Kashmir for Lok Sabha, and two of them are lying cavcant, so there is an urgent need that the Valley should be adequately represented in the budget session . The budget session of the Parliament is due to commence in January .
Anantnag seat fell vacant following Mehbooba Mufti’s election to the legislative Assembly, while Srinagar seat is due for bye- election as the PDP M P Tariq Hamd Karra had resigned from the seat in protest against the security forces action against the street protestors in the Valley. He was elected to Srinagar seat in May 2014 , defeating the National Conference president and former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah.