Not easy to pick the winner

Not easy to pick the winner

Shopian and Pulwama districts in south Kashmir are all set to go for polls on Monday in the last phase of three legged elections in Anantnag Parliamentary constituency.
Many people believe that polling percentage in both these volatile districts would decide the winner. The low polling percentage in Anantnag and Kulgam districts have put the candidates of Peoples Democratic Party, National Conference and Congress in a tight spot. All of them are claiming that they have won but they are aware about the fact that people not coming out to vote in first two rounds has made the contest tight and it could be anyone’s bet.
The Lok Sabha election in Jammu and Kashmir commenced on April 11, when Baramulla constituency went to polls. After that polls were held in Srinagar-Budgam constituency. The two rounds are already over in Anantnag and now only two districts are left. Till now security agencies have succeeded in keeping the militants at bay and no major law and order issue has come to fore. Comprehensive security arrangements have been put at place in volatile Pulwama and Shopian districts for the polling on Monday. The recent gunfight at Imam Sahib Shopian in which three militants were killed has reportedly dampened the spirit in the poll bound areas but the political parties are hoping at least their own workers and their family members would come out to vote.
The PDP president, Mehbooba Mufti, who till date has won six elections from south Kashmir is keeping her fingers crossed as the seventh victory seems bit difficult this time.
The polling in Shopian and Pulwama districts and Ladakh constituency on Monday would lead to the culmination of the Parliamentary polls in Jammu and Kashmir as the fate of all the candidates for all the six Lok Sabha seats in this Himalayan state would be sealed.