Omar mocks CM, Mehbooba's '5%' defeat '95%' Kashmiris

Srinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday ridiculed Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti's claim that only five per cent Kashmiris were involved in anti-India protests.

Commenting on the record low voter turnout in Srinagar parliamentary constituency on April 9, Omar tweeted: "Does anyone remember Mehbooba Mufti telling the rest of us that the protestors are only fiver per cent of the population. Today '5%' defeated '95%'".

Mufti last year said only five per cent people were involved in protests that erupted after killing of Hizbul Mujahdeen militant Burhan Wani in the Valley and lasted for over five months.

It must be recalled that only poor seven per cent voter turnout was recorded in Srinagar parliamentary by-poll on April 9.

Eight civilians died in clashes with the security forces and dozens were injured. It was the lowest ever voter turnout and unprecedented poll-violence, prompting the Election Commission to defer the April 12 by-poll in Anantnag constituency to May 25.