ANANTNAG: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Saturday won the Anantnag by-polls by a huge margin of around 12,000 votes amid allegations of election rigging.
Mehbooba secured over 17,000 out total 28,000 polled votes. Her nearest rival Congress’ Hilal Shah got 5,589 votes.
National Conference’s Iftikhar Hussain Misghar came a distant third with a little over 2,800 votes in the constituency that was once a bastion of his party. Mehbooba Muftis victory margin was double than that of her father, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, who had in 2014 won by around 6,000 votes in the constituency.
Currently an MP from Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency, faced a multi- corner contest in the by-polls but Hilal shah seen as main challenger.
“This was a one-sided contest and people of Anantnag have proved that they want development, progress and prosperity,” Minister Abdul Rehman Veeri celebrating Mehboobas triumph, said.
Elections were necessitated in Anantnag constituency due to the death of Mehbooba Mufti’s father and former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on January 7 this year.
The total number of registered voters in the Anantnag assembly segment is 84,067 — 42,840 males and 41,227 females, an official spokesperson said, adding that there were 102 polling stations in the constituency
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