The son of PDP General Secretary Mohammad Dilawar Mir, Yawar Ahmad Mir won Rafiabad defeating his closest rival Congress’s Abdul Gani Vakil by 2334 votes.
PDP had fielded Yawar after his father’s conviction.
The outgoing NC legislator Javaid Dar who divorced PDP and ended up defeating Dilawar Mir in 2008 by 200 votes has scored ‘poorly’ as an MLA during his six years stint. An MoS in Omar’s cabinet, Dar, a management post-graduate had promised hope against Mir’s three decadal ‘redundant’ rule. However serious anti-incumbency factor might mar Dar’s another legislative stint.
A law graduate from ILS Pune and LLM from Nottingham University UK, Yawar is a debutant who polled 17918 against Vakil’s 15584 votes. NC’s Dar stood third by polling 14980 votes.