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Farooq Abdullah wins Srinagar bypoll

Farooq Abdullah

Srinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah won the Srinagar bypoll on Saturday defeated his PDP rival Nazir Ahmad Khan in the Srinagar-Budgam Lok Sabha by-election.

Abdullah received around 48,554 votes, while Nazir got 37,779 votes, officials said.

Voting for the parliamentary seat last week was marked by a record low turnout of 7 per cent and violence. When voting took place for a second time on Thursday, only 2 per cent voters turned up, the lowest in the history of the state.

National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah and ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Nazir Ahmad Khan are among the nine candidates in the fray in the constituency.

Eight civilian protesters were killed in clashes with the security forces on April 9.

Separatists had called for a boycott of these polls.

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