From the northern fringe seat of Kashmir, it is PDP’s Raja Aiyaz Ali Khan who is leading from Uri by 3244 votes against NC’s Mohammad Shafi (3055) and Congress’ Taj Mohiuddin (2097).
Since 1957, this northern fringe seat has been NC bastion winning 6 out of last 10 elections. Shafi Uri won the seat for five consecutive terms from 1972 to 1996.
But Taj defeated Shafi in the last two elections. Taj defeated Shafi in 2008 with 1,879 votes. (Taj polled 24036 against Uri’s 22157 votes; while as PDP’s Shabir Ahmad Mangral stood third with 1550 votes.)