'Winner' Farooq wants Governor's rule in J&K

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Of the 52132 votes counted till noon, 542 had opted for NOTA option while other five candidates had secured votes in two digit or three digit figures. Eight people were shot dead by paramilitary troopers and police and over 150 were injured in clashes between people and forces on polling day (9 April), which saw a mere seven percent voter turnout. The only time Farooq lost an election was in 2014 when he suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of his protégé and former PDP leader Tariq Hamid Karra from Srinagar. "Governor's rule to be imposed and elections to be conducted under Governor's rule", he told reporters in Srinagar. The bypoll for the Anantnag parliamentary constituency has been rescheduled to May 25. We also appeal governor that Anantnag election will be held under governor rule. "Results show that people are in favour of NC", Abdullah said on his victory.

Abdullah won by a margin of over 10,700 votes, officials said.

"In 2010 unrest, the NC-Congress coalition government alleged that the PDP is supporting the stone-pelters whom the then government was calling as criminals, drug-addicts and anti-nationals".

Overall voter turnout of 7.13 per cent was recorded after the re-polling that went on in 38 polling stations of the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat on Thursday.

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Reacting to the video of a youth tied up to an army vehicle, Abdullah termed the action as unfortunate and a human rights violation.

He batted for resumption of Indo-Pak talks and dialogue with all the stakeholders, including separatist Hurriyat Conference. "Many wars were fought in the past but nothing came out of them", he said.

Farooq Abdullah extends his lead to 5,600 votes. We have seen polls before also where hardly any percentage was there. "It does not make any difference.", he asked. "Democracy has been there". Only 700 voters out of around 35,000 - or 2 per cent - had turned up to vote on April 13.

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