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NC bags all three parliamentary seats from Kashmir
Hasnain Masoodi makes Mehbooba, Mir to bite dust from Anantnag Lok Sabha seat
5/23/2019 10:39:46 PM
Jehangir Rashid
Early Times Report
SRINAGAR, May 23: Justice (Retired) Hasnain Masoodi turned out to be giant killer in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in Jammu & Kashmir as he made two political heavyweights of the state to bite dust while emerging victorious from South Kashmir's Anantnag parliamentary seat.
Masoodi who had joined National Conference in the recent past won the election from South Kashmir with Jammu & Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) President Ghulam Ahmad Mir and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President and former chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti being reduced to distant second and third from this parliamentary seat.
Given the fact that PDP was facing severe anti-incumbency wave it was expected that Mir would pull through this time around and he would be elected to the parliament. However, both Mir and Mehbooba had to eat a humble pie and they were defeated by Masoodi, a novice in the political battlefield.
Masoodi who had recently resigned as Chairman of Selection-cum-Oversight Committee under the Juvenile Justice Act predominantly got the votes from the areas which were represented by National Conference in the assembly prior to 2014. While Mir stood second from this Lok Sabha seat, the PDP President stood at third place.
At the same time, the National Conference managed to win from Srinagar-Budgam and Baramulla Lok Sabha seats. Party candidates Farooq Abdullah and Mohammad Akbar Lone emerged victorious from these seats. While Abdullah defeated Aga Mohsin of PDP, Lone defeated Raja Aijaz Ali of Peoples Conference.
Notably, the PDP that had won all the three seats in 2014 from the Kashmir valley was virtually wiped out as the party lost badly from all the Lok Sabha seats in Kashmir. The party candidates Mehbooba Mufti, Aga Mohsin and Abdul Qayoom Wani lost badly and they were virtually forced to bite the dust.
NC President and the party candidate Farooq Abdullah won the Srinagar seat with a margin of almost 40,000 votes. He was leading with huge margin of votes since the beginning of counting in the morning and as the counting progressed, his victory became evident beyond doubt. Aga Mohsin and Peoples Conference candidate Irfan Reza Ansari came second and third respectively.
In Baramulla Lok Sabha seat a tough contest was witnessed between Akbar Lone, Raja Aijaz Ali and independent candidate Engineer Rashid. While Lone bagged 1, 31,869 votes Aijaz got 1, 02,235 votes with Engineer Rashid bagging 1, 00,042 votes.
In South Kashmir's Anantnag Lok Sabha seat, Hasnain Masoodi polled more than 34,000 votes and bagged the seat. He was followed by Ghulam Ahmad Mir and Mehbooba Mufti. Sofi Yusuf of Bharatiya Janta Party managed to get few hundred votes from this parliamentary seat.
Addressing media persons after being declared winner, Farooq said that India and Pakistan must sit together to give peace a chance in Jammu and Kashmir. He said that this parliament will be difficult for the NC's parliamentarians as they will have to fight against the evil designs that are hell bent to abrogate Article 370 and Article 35A, saying that the parliamentarians will also fight against the forces who are dividing the people in the country.
"We hope the new government in Delhi will do justice with Jammu and Kashmir and talk with the neighbouring country Pakistan to bring us out from the current situation," he said. He said that no steps are being taken at present to put an end to the border skirmishes, killings, use of pellet guns and other things, adding that the newly elected NC parliamentarian will work to bring Jammu and Kashmir out from the current mess.
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