Jammu and Kashmir violence: During the campaigning for the bypolls, the convoy of chief minister Mehbooba Mufti was reportedly attacked in Achabal on Tuesday, according to India Today TV reports. However, in a late afternoon clarification by the police, it was announced that no such attack happened. But no clarification has emerged regarding the attack on the car of senior minister in the Jammu and Kashmir government and PDP leader Abdul Rehman Veeri, which was allegedly pelted by stones in Bijbehra on the same day. No injuries to the minister or other party workers have been reported. Certain regions in the state have turned volatile as they are set to witness Lok Sabha bypolls – Srinagar constituency will go for voting on April 9 while polling in Anantnag seat will be held on April 12. The National Conference and Congress have decided to jointly contest the forthcoming Lok Sabha bypolls in Jammu and Kashmir, in a bid to put up a ‘combined fight against the ruling PDP-BJP coalition’.
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Ahead of the bypolls, Ghulam Ahmad Mir, a candidate of Congress and National Conference (NC) alliance for the Anantnag LS seat, blamed the ruling PDP for “mass discontent and alienation” among the people and asked them not to get influenced by the “false propaganda” being spread by the PDP that aims to garner support for their candidates. He further alleged that PDP, while sacrificing its principles, has played with the emotions of people on certain sensitive issues for the sake of power.
Last year in October, ancestral house of Veeri was attacked by militants at Bijbehra in south Kashmir. However, the minister was saved as he was not in the house at the time of the attack.
(With inputs from PTI)