Counting of votes for the Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency is about to end, and Jammu Kashmir National Conference (JKNC) candidate Hasnain Masoodi is set to register a win over his nearest rival Ghulam Ahmad Mir of the Congress party.
Masoodi is leading on the seat with 18,204 votes, Ghulam Ahmad Mir is trailing with 16,668.
Mehbooba Mufti conceded defeat on the Anantnag Lok Sabha seat after trailing in the third place with 12,498 votes.
Anantnag voted for the Lok Sabha election in two phases on April 23 and April 29. Anantnag, one of Jammu and Kashmir's six Lok Sabha seats, has remained vacant for three years now. Spread over four districts, Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency comprises of 16 assembly seats.
The key candidates in the Anantnag constituency for Lok Sabha election 2019 are Mehbooba Mufti of PDP, Sofi Yousuf from BJP, Hasnain Masoodi of NC, Ghulam Ahmad Mir of Congress and Hassnain Masoodi of Jammu Kashmir National Conference. Mehbooba Mufti contested from Anantnag for the third time. She won the Lok Sabha election in 2004 and 2014.
Mehbooba Mufti defeated sitting MP and senior National Conference leader Mehboob Beg from Anantnag Parliamentary constituency by a margin of 65,417 votes.
The election in Kulgam took place on April 29 and Shopian and Pulwama on May 6.
None of the six Assembly segments — Anantnag, Dooru, Kokernag, Shangus, Bijbehara and Pahalgam — recorded more than 18 per cent polling.
The seven phases of the Lok Sabha polls 2019 covered a total of 543 constituencies. Voting in the first phase was conducted on April 11.