Srinagar seat has largely been represented in Parliament by the National Conference by three generations of the Abdullah family and NC patriarch Farooq Abdullah is a three-time MP gunning for re-election.
Baramulla and Jammu together polled 57.35 per cent, compared to 56.7 per cent in 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Voter turnout in all states was over 50 per cent, and more than 60 per cent in as many as 14 states.
“If the Government of India thinks that by doing such things they can suppress the people of the state, they are wrong. We are defying this order and also filing a petition in court tomorrow," Mehbooba Mufti said in Panthachowk on the outskirts of Srinagar.
"You can’t expect the Modi government to act on the same lines as the Manmohan government. It is a different government, it has a different approach. But to describe it as muscular is wrong," Ram Madhav said.
Faesal was flanked on stage by his four-year-old son, former JNUSU students’ union president Shehla Rashid and businessman Feroze Peerzada, who is likely to be the party’s candidate from North Kashmir for Lok Sabha polls.
In a surreal twist, there is also a sense of relief, since all the speculation over the Centre “doing away with Article 35A” has died down since India announced the airstrike on a Jaish-e-Mohammad facility in Pakistan’s Balakot.