Eight candidates along with Mehbooba Mufti were in the fray and voting was held on Wednesday.J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti won the by-elections from South Kashmir’s Anantnag assembly constituency by more than ten thousand votes. The victory was crucial for the chief minister as it was mandatory for her to get elected to the assembly within six months after taking oath as chief minister.
The Anantnag seat fell vacant after the demise of former J&K chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. Eight candidates along with Mehbooba Mufti were in the fray and voting was held on Wednesday.
At the end of the last round Mehbooba Mufti had bagged 16897 followed by Congress candidate with 5529. The success will give confidence to the chief minster, and the verdict is a thumbs up to PDP-BJP alliance, which opposition parties were terming as Waterloo for the PDP politically.Mehbooba Mufti even doubled the victory margin from the last elections; Mufti Mohammad Sayeed had won this seat with over five thousand votes. Congress that secured more than 10,000 votes in the last elections couldn’t repeat its performance.
Around 34 percent voters had cast their votes despite the election boycott from the separatists.