Published On : Mon, Apr 10th, 2017

PDP asks EC to postpone Anantnag polls after unabated violence

The PDP asks the Election Commission to postpone the bypolls in Anantnag. PDP’s Tasaduq Mufti, who joined the party on the first death anniversary of this father, former J-K CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.

“We appeal to the poll panel to postpone the Anantanag polls. If my withdrawing helps the situation, I will withdraw. The government had told the EC that the situation is not right to conduct polls,” Mufti said.

“April 12th by-polls in Anantnag should be postponed,” said Tasaduq Mufti, the brother of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.

Tasaduq, a famed cinematographer (Omkara), joined the party in the presence of his sister and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti who was there along with her cabinet and party colleagues in January.

In a bid to obstruct the upcoming Anantnag by-polls, miscreants on Monday set the government schools designated as polling booths on fire.

A government middle school in Shopian`s Padarpora was set ablaze by unidentified people today. On Sunday, the government high school in Pulwama was razed to the ground in a similar manner.

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

Booths have been provided maximum security, with hundreds of troopers deployed at colleges and schools where voting will be held.

Following the escalation of violence on Sunday, Internet services have suspended in entire Kashmir Valley till Anantnag by-polls on April 12.

Apart from this, all Kashmir University exams scheduled to be held-up to the Anatanag by-polls have been postponed.

New dates for the same will be notified separately.

The civilians were killed during clashes with security forces in various areas of central Kashmir`s Budgam district yesterday.

The Srinagar Parliamentary constituency witnessed lowest voter turnout for the by-polls in the wake of the clashes.