After repeated violence in Srinagar during the by-poll for Lok Sabha seat on Sunday Jammu and Kashmir’s ruling party asked the Election Commission on Monday to postpone the bypoll in Anantnag until April 12.
Although the security was tightened in Srinagar as separatists called for a boycott of the by-election on Sunday in Srinagar, there was stone pelting and reports of clashes between security personnel and civilians. 8 people were killed in the riot.
Lok Sabha Tasaduq Mufti, the brother of chief minister Mehbooba Mufti and the Peoples Democratic Party candidate in Anantnag, told reporters that the state government had also formally written to the poll panel that elections couldn’t be held in the current climate.
Kashmir saw an insignificant turnout of 7.14%, the lowest in almost three decades.