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Poll campaigning ends for Srinagar seat

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

The campaigning for prestigious seat here, going to the polls on April 18 in the second phase of elections, came to an end Tuesday.

seat comprises three districts of -- Srinagar, and

It was relatively a low key campaign here with only Farooq Abdullah, who is seeking a fourth term in the lower house of Parliament from here, making his presence felt as a candidate.

Abdullah is pitched against political greenhorns of the PDP, of the People's Conference and of the BJP.

An said there were only 46 rallies in district, a city of over 12 lakh residents, during the campaign period.

"The campaign period remained by and large peaceful," he added.

He said 16 complaints of the violation of model code of conduct were received and the action was taken in nine of them.

The polling on Thursday will be keenly watched within and outside as the constituency recorded an all-time low of 7.2 per cent voter turn out in 2017 bye-election, marred by violence on polling day that left nine persons dead and scores of others injured.

This will be first major election since a shawl weaver from Utlipora in district was used as a human shield by an to save his men from a stone-pelting mob on the election day.

Stringent security measures have been put in place for the polling as additional security personnel have been deployed across the Srinagar constituency to ensure peaceful and smooth conduct of elections, the said.

As many as 12,90,318 voters are eligible to cast their votes with authorities having set up 1,716 polling stations in the constituency.

For migrant voters of the constituency, 26 polling stations have been set up with 21 in Jammu, one in Udhampur and four in

is among 10 candidates in the fray and is seen as the to enter the for the fourth time from Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency.

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First Published: Tue, April 16 2019. 17:20 IST