Jammu & Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti won Anantnag by-polls by around 12,000 votes.
Her nearest rival Hilal Shah of the Congress got 5,589 votes while Mufti got 17,000 votes. She also contested against Iftikar Misger of the National Conference.
The counting was boycotted by all opposition parties and candidates alleging that Machines (EVMs) were tampered with.
However, the district election officer Abid Rashid Shah denied the allegations. The elections were held due to the death of former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on January 7 this year.
Anantnag by-election counting: Congress workers creates ruckus outside counting hall, say they found EVMs unsealed. pic.twitter.com/vsC66yj4X0
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Before the counting, the PDP president had to face wrath of Muslim clergy and separatist leaders whom she accused of selectively raking up controversies over Article 370.
Referring to Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, she had told PTI, “What are they talking about safeguarding Article 370… They are looking for something else. It is we (pointing towards MLAs) who have to protect it. It is our shared inheritance and nothing in it will change.”
In return, Mirwaiz accused Mehbooba Mufti of being ignorant about the ground realities in Kashmir.