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Farooq Abdullah wins Srinagar seat by over 70,000 votes after 2014 defeat

Abdullah polled 1,06,750 votes, while his his nearest rival Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Aga Syed Mohsin polled 36,700 votes, an election official said

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

Farooq Abdullah, National Conference
National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah

Former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir and president Thursday won the election to the Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency by trouncing his nearest rival by over 70,000 votes, entering the lower house of Parliament for the fourth time.

Abdullah polled 1,06,750 votes, while his his nearest rival Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Aga Syed Mohsin polled 36,700 votes, an election official said.

He said the NC leader secured a total of 57.14 per cent of the total votes polled in the election to the Srinagar parliamentary constituency, which is spread over three districts of Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal.

Mohsin secured 19.64 per cent of the total votes polled, the official said.

Abdullah defeated Mohsin by a margin 70,050 votes, he added.

Sajad Lone-led People's Conference polled 28,773 votes (15.4 per cent), while BJP's Khalid Jehangir was at the fourth position with 4,631 votes (2.48 per cent), he said.

This is the fourth win in the Lok Sabha elections for the 83-year-old Abdullah -- the three time former chief minister -- who has so far lost an election only once in his 42-year political career since his debut in 1980.

Abdullah was first elected as member of the Lok Sabha in 1980. However, he returned to state politics in the wake of failing health of his father and founder Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah in 1981. He succeeded as chief minister of the state in September 1982 following his father's death.

Abdullah won in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls, but lost to candidate Tariq Hamid Karra in the 2014 elections.

However, he won the 2017 by-polls to Lok Sabha after Karra resigned from the as well the Lok Sabha in 2016.

First Published: Thu, May 23 2019. 18:46 IST
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