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'Time to accept the inevitable...' Omar Abdullah concedes defeat to Er Rashid in Baramulla; See post

“I think it’s time to accept the inevitable. Congratulations to Engineer Rashid for his victory in North Kashmir..,” tweeted JKNC vice-president and Baramulla Lok Sabha candidate Omar Abdullah. Rashid, 57, who is in Tihar jail for five years, contested the election as an independent candidate.

Lok Sabha Election Results 2024 Time to accept the inevitable...' Omar Abdullah concedes to jailed independent candidate Er Rashid in Baramulla gcw
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First Published Jun 4, 2024, 2:10 PM IST

Abdul Rashid Sheikh, popularly known as Engineer Rashid, has defeated former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah by over one lakh votes in Baramulla seat as counting continues for Lok Sabha Elections 2024. 

Abdullah, the National Conference leader, conceded the defeat even as the official results were yet to be announced. 

“I think it’s time to accept the inevitable. Congratulations to Engineer Rashid for his victory in North Kashmir..,” tweets JKNC vice-president and Baramulla Lok Sabha candidate Omar Abdullah

Engineer Rashid, 57, is a former two-time MLA from Langate seat in north Kashmir. Before joining mainstream politics, he was a close aide of slain Hurriyat leader and JKPC founder Abdul Gani Lone, father of Sajad Lone. 

He ran as an independent candidate in the election. Due to his imprisonment, his two sons spearheaded their father's campaign two weeks before to the fifth phase of voting in Baramulla on May 20.

 Baramulla is one of the three seats in the Kashmir division, other than Srinagar and Anantnag-Rajouri, where the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had not fielded any candidates. 
 

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