The bypoll for South Kashmir’s Anantnag assembly seat, which fell vacant after the death of former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in January, will be held on June 19, the Election Commission of India announced on Saturday.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is likely to contest from this seat to make her entry into the state legislative assembly.
The notification for the bypoll will be issued on Wednesday, after which the code of conduct will be implemented. Votes will be counted on June 22.
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The bypoll was initially supposed to be held on May 16, but had to be deferred on the request of the state government, which said the law and order situation in Anantnag was not conducive.
The opposition had criticised the government over the request, saying that Mehbooba was afraid of facing the people because of her alliance with the BJP.
PDP sources, however, said Mehbooba, since taking over as CM, has visited Anantnag thrice to check how development work is going on in the constituency.
Sources said Mehbooba will vacate her Parliamentary seat only if she wins the bypoll.