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Anantnag by-polls postponed after violence in Shopian

Screen Shot 2017-04-11 at 10.53.16 AMMonday: As per ANI reports, the bye-polls for Anantnag seat have been postponed by the Election Commission of India. The by-elections which were initially scheduled for April 12 have now been pushed to May 25.

EC’s decision came after a polling station was set on fire in Shopian. J&K’s ruling People’s Democratic Party had asked the authorities to postpone the polling, after violence during the Srinagar bye-elections claimed eight lives on Sunday. The PDP has fielded Mufti’s brother Tassaduq Mufti from Anantnag.

The bye-elections to the Anantnag Lok Sabha were necessitated after Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti won the Assembly bye-polls in June last year and gave up her Lok Sabha seat. The Assembly seat had fallen vacant after former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed died in January last year.

April 11, 2017

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