17th Lok Sabha Elections to begin today : Baramulla, Jammu constituencies in JK to go to polls
Srinagar, Apr 10: Amid heightened security, Baramulla and Jammu
Lok Sabha constituencies in J&K will go for parliamentary elections in the
first phase on Thursday.
The poll campaigning by the political parties ended on Tuesday
in both the constituencies and the Jammu and Kashmir Election Commission has
deputed its officials in all the polling stations along with polling material.
The north Kashmir’s Baramulla parliamentary constituency has 15
Assembly segments in Kupwara, Baramulla and Bandipora districts with over 13
lakh voters spread over 1,749 polling stations.
Baramulla district has the highest 6,36,450 electorates,
followed by Kupwara (4,38,285) and Bandipora (2,33,797).
The Assembly segments of the constituency include Karnah,
Kupwara, Lolab, Handwara and Langate in district Kupwara; Uri, Rafiabad,
Sopore, Sangrama, Baramulla, Gulmarg and Pattan in Baramulla District; and
Gurez, Bandipora and Sonawari in Bandipora district.
An assessment by election commission has revealed that 70
percent of the polling stations in the constituency fall in “hypersensitive”
category while the remaining 30 per-cent have been declared “sensitive”.
Police said a three-tier security was already in place, adding
advanced security measures have been taken for dealing with sensitive and
hypersensitive polling stations.
“We have intensified night patrolling and vulnerable places in
the constituency have been identified. Additional companies of central armed
forces have been deployed at polling stations throughout these three
districts,” a senior police official said.
He said that heavy deployment of forces has been made along the
highway in order to ensure smooth movement of the electorate and the polling
Deputy Inspector General North, Suleman Choudhary told The
Kashmir Monitor that the entire security arrangement in these three districts
of north Kashmir has been done on the basis of requirement.
“There has been an enhancement of the security forces
particularly for the areas where polling booths have been declared sensitive
and hyper sensitive,” he said.
Director General Police (DGP), Dilbagh Singh said that police
and paramilitary contingents have reached polling stations and are in full
command of the situation in five police districts of Baramulla Lok Sabha
constituency and four police districts of Jammu parliamentary constituency
scheduled to go to polls on Thursday.
“The police and paramilitary forces have reached polling
stations in five police districts of Baramulla Lok Sabha constituency and four
police districts of Jammu Lok Sabha constituency,” adding that “situation is in
full command as all security arrangements are in place and besides district
SPs, the commandants of armed police battalions have been also engaged with the
security arrangements for first phase of parliamentary polls in Baramulla and
Jammu parliamentary constituencies.”
The Baramulla Lok Sabha seat is set to witness a triangular
contest between Muhammad Akbar Lone of National Conference, Raja Aijaz Ali of
Peoples Conference and Abdul Qayoom Wani of the People’s Democratic Party.
Er Rasheed is equally declared as a potential candidate who
successfully has attracted large number of people in his rallies during last
As many as nine candidates are in the fray for the constituency
including Haji Farooq Ahmad Mir of Congress, Mohammad Maqbool War of BJP, Jahangir
Khan of J&KNPP, Abdul Qayoom Wani of PDP, Mohammad Akbar Lone of NC, Raja
Aijaz Ali of J&KPC and independents Javid Ahmad Qureshi, Syed Najeeb Shah
Naqvi and Engineer Rashid.
The constituency is represented by PDP’s Muzzaffar Baig, who in
2014 defeated NC’s Sharief-Ud-Din Sharik by 29,219 votes.
The constituency previously recorded 39.6 per cent voter turnout
While urban areas including Baramulla, Sopore and Pattan towns
mostly go with the boycott, the voting is expected to be brisker in frontier
district Kupwara and Uri in Baramulla.
Unlike Kashmir, Jammu is likely to witness heavy polling
considering people’s participation in the political activities for the last one
Jammu regions, which has two Lok Sabha seats has as many as 10,70,014
who will cast their votes at 1,380 polling stations to decide the political
fortune of 24 candidates.
The seat which has two constituencies including Jammu and
Udhampur has four districts- Samba, Jammu, Poonch and Rajouri. There are 20
voting segments in this Lok Sabha constituency..
Both the seats of the region including Jammu and Udhampur are
represented by BJP’s Jugal Kishore and Jitendra Singh, who in 2014 defeated
Congress heavyweight Madan Lal Sharma and Ghulam Nabi Azad, respectively.
The BJP for 2019 election repeated its previous candidates,
while Congress has changed its face for Jammu Lok Sabha by fielding its senior
vice president and former minister Raman Bhalla
and grandson of the last Dogra ruler Maharaja Hari Singh, Vikramaditya Singh
from Udhampur seat.
Security has been tightened around the polling station in the
constituency segments particular in Pir Panchal, Chenab regions and Jammu city.
An official said the poll material and staff has been deputed at
the polling station a day ahead of the election.