Lok Sabha polls: Campaigning intensifies in Jammu

Jammu: Hectic campaigning for the first phase of Lok Sabha elections has intensified in Jammu region.

Union Home Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Amit Shah is slated to address a colossal rally at the Manhas Biradari Ground near Paloura, in Jammu while the Congress Party’s star campaigner and former deputy chief minister of Rajasthan Sachin Pilot will address a rally in Kathua on April 16 for their respective party candidates.

In the first phase, the Udhampur constituency will go to polls on April 19 while in the second phase, polling will be held for the Jammu Lok Sabha seat on April 26.

As per reports, the rally aims to invigorate the BJP campaign momentum, particularly in support of the party candidates Dr Jitendra Singh and Jugal Kishore Sharma for Udhampur and Jammu Parliamentary constituencies.

BJP’s UT chief Ravinder Raina affirmed that the rally, expected to draw a mammoth crowd, would serve as a significant boost for the party ahead of the looming polls.

Notably, the timing of the rally, a day before the conclusion of the first phase of the political campaign, underscores its strategic importance. Udhampur Lok Sabha constituency heads to the polls in this initial phase on April 19.

Originally slated for April 9, Shah’s rally was postponed, but its rescheduling underscores the party’s commitment to amplifying its electoral outreach in the region.

In parallel, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is poised to address a mega rally at Basohli in Kathua district on April 15, throwing his weight behind BJP candidate Dr Jitendra Singh for the Udhampur-Doda-Kathua Lok Sabha seat.  Basholi is a stronghold of Congress candidate Choudhary Lal Singh, who remained MLA from this assembly segment three times in the past.

Previously, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had electrified the campaign trail with their respective rallies in Udhampur and Kathua districts.

Meanwhile, Congress party’s star campaigner and former deputy chief minister of Rajasthan Sachin Pilot will address a rally in Kathua on April 16 for party candidate Choudhary Lal Singh at Ramleela Ground Kathua. Earlier Congress’s star campaigner Raj Babbar addressed a massive rally in Udhampur for Lal Singh and assured that Congress will abolish the Agniveer scheme and restore regular recruitments if it comes to power. (KNO)


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