Srinagar: Latching onto the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate’s demand for postponement of Anantnag bypoll in view of violence, National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah on Monday said it was an “indictment" of the government headed by his sister.

“Tassaduq’s statement is an indictment of his sister @MehboobaMufti’s government and its abject failure. How can the BJP not see this (sic)," the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister posted on Twitter. “EC is well within its powers to postpone or countermand Anantnag election but if so @MehboobaMufti must resign & governor should take charge (sic)," he said in another tweet.

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PDP candidate from Anantnag, Tasaduq Mufti, had earlier in the day appealed to the Election Commission to defer the bypoll to the constituency, saying the situation was not conducive for holding elections in Kashmir at the moment.

Eight people were on Sunday killed in firing by security forces as unprecedented election-day violence marred the bypoll for Srinagar Lok Sabha seat which saw the voter turnout plunge to an all-time low of 7.14%.

Anantnag constituency, spread over four districts of Kulgam, Pulwama, Shopian and Anantnag, is scheduled to go to polls on Wednesday.

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