From the restive Sopore, independent candidate Abdul Rashid Dar is leading against PDP’s Nazir Ahmad Naikoo by 415 votes.
The various exit-polls termed an independent candidate winner from this segment of north Kashmir.
Sopore has always remained the hot-bed of Kashmir politics with strong presence of Jamaat-e-Islami. Its one-time star candidate Syed Ali Geelani won the seat thrice: in 1972, 77 and 87.
Earlier, BJP apparently extended full support to Sajjad Lone’s Peoples Conference by shelving its candidate from Sopore.