Jammu and Kashmir, one of the nine states, which went to polls Sunday, witnessed sporadic incidents of violence. The situation remained tense after four people succumbed to injuries when police personnel opened fire on mobs rampaging polling stations.
The mobs sabotaged EVM machines and attacked polling stations in some places including Beerwah. Earlier on Friday, the separatists, who had given a bandh call, torched a school in Beerwa following which Internet services were suspended in the area and security was beefed up.
The campaigning for the Srinagar parliamentary seat ended yesterday. The parties as well as the independent candidates relied primarily on social media to reach out to the masses.
National Conference veteran Farooq Abdullah is likely to give a run for his money to ruling PDP’s Nazir Ahmad Khan. Other prominent personalities, amongst the total nine in the fray, include Mehraj Khursheed Malik, the 25-year-old techie and Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasbha’s Chetan Sharma.
By-elections are being held in Srinagar after Tariq Hameed Karra resigned following the death of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani and the seat fell vacant.
Meanwhile, Gundlupet and Nanjangud, the two assembly seats in Karnataka, also went to polls today. Elections are also being held in Rajasthan (Dholpur), West Bengal (Kanthi), Himachal Pradesh (Bhoranj), Assam (Dhemaji) and Delhi (Rajouri Garden).
The counting is scheduled to take place on April 13, 2017 and April 15, 2017.