EC difers Anantnag bypoll to May 25

We'll transform Kashmir in a year' claims Indian Home Minister

EC difers Anantnag bypoll to May 25

"The situation in Valley is not conducive for the polls". He took to Twitter to say that the poll panel is "well within its powers to postpone or countermand" the Anantnag byelection, but if it happens, Mehbooba Mufti "must resign" and the "governor should take charge".

In response to MHA's allegation, sources at Election Commission said that it was constitutional obligation to hold Srinagar by-polls before April 16.

A school building was set ablaze as mobs stoned security personnel on Monday in Anantnag town and adjoining areas, while eight civilians were killed when the security forces opened fire during the voting process in the Srinagar-Budgam parliamentary bypoll on Sunday. "The 7.14 percent turnout in these elections is the lowest ever recorded in any Lok Sabha polls in the state", the CPI (M) said in a press statement.

"But, if there is any Kashmir policy of this government at all, it has totally failed", she said.

"Adequate deployment has been made to maintain law and order", a senior police official said here. "Once the ECI decides to hold the polls, then the government has to make arrangements". I think we lost the day.

Violence marred the by-election for the Lok Sabha seat. "They also upgraded the security of political leaders and candidates".

Chief Electoral Officer Shant Manu on Sunday said re-polling would be held in 50-100 polling stations where violence disrupted voting.

"PDP is facing imminent rout from the State and the party is now seeking an escape route".

A security personnel stands guard outside a polling booth in Srinagar.

Earlier, Mehbooba Mufti's brother and PDP candidate from Anantnag, Tasaduq Mufti appealed to the Election Commission to postpone the bypoll.

Two government schools designated as polling stations for Wednesday's bypoll were set afire in the fresh spiral of violence in Anantnag.

Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency is spread over four districts of Kulgam, Pulwama, Shopian and Anantnag.

Meanwhile, security remains tight and the Valley has been turned into a fortress.

A shutdown called by separatists has already thrown normal life out of gear. Encounters, protests and killing of civilians did not stop this year after the 2016 unrest.

Markets, public transport, educational institutions and other businesses were closed in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, and other parts of the troubled valley, officials and residents said.

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