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After victory, Farooq demands imposition of Governor’s rule
SRINAGAR, Apr 15: After being declared elected from Srinagar parliamentary constituency, National Conference (NC) president Dr Farooq Abdullah today demanded imposition of Governor’s rule in the state “as the state government had failed to ensure a peaceful election.”

Talking to media persons at his party headquarters here, Dr Abdullah said, “I appeal to the Governor and the President of India to dismiss this government and impose Governor’s rule in the state where the people will get some respite and feel that such a situation will not arise again.”

“I will also say that the election in Anantnag parliamentary constituency should happen under the Governor’s rule, he said. Otherwise it is unlikely that the people would get justice,” the NC president said.

Claiming that the eight youth who had died in the poll day violence were “martyred”, the National Conference chief said that several others were in hospitals or jails and that he had never seen such an election.

He expressed gratitude towards the people who risked their lives to vote in “such a difficult situation.

The polling for the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat had seen an abysmal turnout of 7.13 per cent, the lowest ever in its history while eight persons lost their lives.

The NC leader trashed the rumours that he would resign from Lok Sabha after today’s win and said that he would follow what his party high command decides.

Reacting to the video of a youth tied to an army vehicle, Abdullah said it is very shameful and a very bad act against democracy.

“I request them not to do such things which will add to the fire and render it uncontrollable,” Abdullah said.

He batted for resumption of Indo-Pak talks and dialogue with all stakeholders including separatist Hurriyat Conference. “War is not a solution to anything,” he said.

Asked about the dismal poll percentage in the by-polls, NC president replied by saying, “How does it matter? We have earlier also seen polls where percentage was abysmally low. It does not make any difference. Democracy has still existed.”

“What do you say to the people who have voted, even if it may be seven per cent with all the pressures on them?” he asked.

News Updated at : Sunday, April 16, 2017
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