Sonia Gandhi said that India would give a strong reply to terrorists.
65% polling was recorded in the valley despite boycott call by separatists.
Fearing protests, authorities clamped informal curfew in Srinagar but the anti-poll lobby choose peripheral towns to demonstrate on the last day of campaigning for the second phase.
Massive security has been put in place and army choppers flew to remote areas to drop polling staff as part of the last-minute preparations on the eve of the first phase of assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir.
First of the seven phase polls for 10 segments (including three each in Kashmir and Jammu and four in Ladakh) is due on November 17 but apparently there seems to be no campaigning.
While the day was by and large peaceful, pitched battles were reported between police and protesting mobs in north Kashmir Baramulla and Sopore towns in which not less than 17 persons including some cops were reported injured.
The Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) has supported National Conference (NC) president Omar Abdullah’s demand for a truth and reconciliation commission and upheld almost everything that forms its greater autonomy demand.
National Conference (NC) president Omar Abdullah, whose speech on Dr Manmohan Singh’s vote of confidence made him an instant youtube hit, was, within days, forced to close his blog as the firewalls failed to stop the “personal abuse”.
Sources told ET that the SMS ban can be lifted only after the state government or any of the three operators in the state move an application. But nobody is ready.
At the moment, half of the 3.6 million units of power, generated daily by first of its three units, illuminates Jaipur, which pays over Rs 9 per unit.
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