Now, Farooq Abdullah accuses govt of paying stone pelters to disrupt polling

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With only two per cent voting being recorded in in 38 polling stations in Srinagar on Thursday, Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah has said that the government might have paid the stone pelters to prevent people from voting, said reports.

He also called for an investigation into the matter.

Repolling had been ordered at these polling stations by the EC following large-scale violence during Sunday's polls for the prestigious seat.

Just 709 people out of the 35,169 voted thus recording the lowest polling percentage ever.

This meagre polling percentage has been reported just a week after a 7 per cent was recorded a week ago at Srinagar during the by-elections. The situation was chaotic and several persons lost their lives in violence that day.

The Election Commission, which had been advised by the Home ministry not to conduct the polls in Srinagar, went ahead. They cited constitutional obligation as the reason to hold the elections. When the Home ministry warned them against the polls, the ECsaid that constitutional obligation mandates that the polls be held before April 16.

It must be recalled that the polling percentage in Srinagar during the 2014 polls stood at 66 percentage.

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