Initial results for elections of Jammu and Kashmir state assembly, after being counted in Srinagar - the state capital on June 6 - showed that the ruling National conference Party would retain control.
SV Srinagar City, Amar Singh College, with troops outside. (2 SHOTS)
SV Ballot papers being tipped out of box. (2 SHOTS)
SV People watch the count.
SV Ballot papers being counted.
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Background: Initial results for elections of Jammu and Kashmir state assembly, after being counted in Srinagar - the state capital on June 6 - showed that the ruling National conference Party would retain control. With almost two-thirds of the 76 seats declared in the northern province, the Conference party won 26 and looked set to retain its majority. Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's Congress (I) Party - the ruling party nationwide - took 21 seats. Sheikh Nazir Ahmed, general-secretary of the Conference party, which has ruled Kashmir for the past eight years, said he was confident of a large majority, possibly as many as 47 seats. The Congress Party, which won 11 seats in the 1977 elections, virtually swept the board in the low-lying Jammu region, which is mostly Hindu. Seven people were killed and about 1,000 injured in fighting between rival groups over allegations of election-rigging. Officials ordered a re-poll in parts of 10 constituents. Counting was also suspended in some other seats. The fighting underlines the religious divisions in the state, with the majority of the three million mainly Moslem population living ni Kashmir, which borders Pakistan. The voters gave a substantial victory to the leader of the conference Arty, Farouq Abdullah, son of the late "Lion of Kashmir", Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, who died last year. Farouq, a 46-year-old British-trained doctor, beat his nearest opposition candidate by 31,000 votes.