Over 26pc voting in Srinagar, one killed in firing

May 01, 2014 - 12:00:00 am


Srinagar:  Srinagar Lok Sabha seat saw a 26.08 percent turnout yesterday, slightly higher than in the 2009 polls. Polling was peaceful but a youth was killed and two others injured when security forces, escorting a polling party returning after voting ended, opened fire after a mob pelted stones at them in the old city.

Addressing the media here, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Umang Narula said there has been 26.08 percent in the constituency which has 12.06 lakh voters and comprises 15 assembly segments. District-wise there was 11.46 percent voting in Srinagar district, 45.61 percent in Ganderbal and 39.50 percent in Badgam district.

“These figures are likely to increase marginally as the exact polling figures are being received from different areas of these districts which would subsequently add up the final poll percentage,” he said.

“Around 2,500 migrant voters also exercised their franchise in special polling booths set up in Jammu, Udhampur and Delhi,” he added. Nearly 27,000 migrant voters are also registered in this Lok Sabha constituency.

Union minister and National Conference candidate Farooq Abdullah along with his son, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, and other members of his family cast ballots at the Burnhall polling station in the city.  However, hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani’s call for a ‘civil curfew’ evoked no response.

BJP flays Pakistan minister’s remarks

New Delhi: The BJP yesterday denounced Pakistan Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan’s comments that Narendra Modi’s election as prime minister will destabilise the region, saying Islamabad should not interfere in India’s internal affairs.

Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi said her party will tell Pakistan to “mend their ways”. “Anybody who is democratically elected has every right to represent his country internationally,” she said.

Referring to Chaudhry Nisar’s statement, Lekhi said Modi did not make any remark about attacking Pakistan to bring back fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.