Jammu and Kashmir National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah defeated Peoples Democratic Party candidate Aga Syed Mohsin by a margin of 70,050 votes.
Srinagar, May 23:
Jammu and Kashmir National Conference president Farooq Abdullah won the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat in Jammu and Kashmir. He will represent the seat for the fourth time.
Farooq Abdullah defeated Peoples Democratic Party candidate Aga Syed Mohsin by a margin of 70,050 votes.
Abdullah polled 1,06,750 votes, while his his nearest rival PDP candidate Aga Syed Mohsin polled 36,700 votes, an election official said.
He said the NC leader secured a total of 57.14 per cent of the total votes polled in the election to the Srinagar parliamentary constituency, which is spread over three districts of Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal.
Syed Mohsin secured 19.64 per cent of the total votes polled, the official said.
Farooq Abdullah defeated Syed Mohsin by a margin 70,050 votes, he added.
Sajad Lone-led Peoples Conference polled 28,773 votes (15.4 per cent), while BJP’s Khalid Jehangir was at the fourth position with 4,631 votes (2.48 per cent), he said.
Farooq Abdullah faced defeat just one time in his political career in 2014. He had lost to PDP candidate Tariq Hamid Karra in the 2014 elections.
Farooq Abdullah was first elected as member of Lok Sabha from Srinagar constituency in 1980 and later succeeded his father, Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah, as chief minister in September 1982.
Farooq Abdullah had been the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir for three terms- 198284, 198690, and 19962002. This will be his fourth term, if he wins this election.
Among other leaders in Jammu and Kashmir, Farooq Abdullah was one demanded a greater autonomy of the state within the Indian union. He opines that this autonomy is a way towards resolving the dominant problem of militancy in the state.