Union Minister Jitendra Singh is in for a tough fight in the upcoming Lok Sabha election from Udhampur, which goes to poll on 18th April. To stop BJP’s domination, the major opposition parties have put up a joint candidate Vikramaditya Singh. Vikramaditya, grandson of Raja Hari Singh is contesting from Congress ticket with National Conference backing. Also, PDP has decided not to field any candidate to avoid a split in ‘secular votes’.
PM Modi while campaigning for Jitendra Singh has accused the Muftis and Abdullahs of ruining J&K. He said that BJP is committed to bringing back the Kashmiri Pandits and also is looking to resettle refugees who have come from West Pakistan. In total, 12 candidates are in fray including Panthers’ Party nominee Harsh Dev and Lal Singh of Dogra Swabhiman Sangathan.
In 2014, Jitendra Singh defeated Congress heavyweight Ghulam Nabi Azad by around 61 thousand votes. Jitendra Singh got 46.76% of the total votes polled and the Union Minister will have to maintain this vote share to win against the joint opposition candidate. Historically Udhampur has been a Congress bastion but BJP has won in 4 out of last 6 Lok Sabha polls in this seat. JKNPP’s Bhim Singh won in 1988 bypoll.
The fate of 12 candidates, including Union minister Jitendra Singh, will be decided by the over 16.85 lakh voters of Udhampur in the second phase of the Lok Sabha polls on April 18.
The Udhampur parliamentary constituency is spread over 17 Assembly segments in six districts — Kishtwar, Doda, Ramban, Reasi, Udhampur and Kathua.
According to the figures provided by the office of the Chief Electoral Officer, Jammu and Kashmir, Shailendra Kumar, there are 16,85,779 registered voters in Udhampur, including 8,76,319 men, 7,89,105 women, 20,312 service voters (20,052 men and 260 women) and 43 transgender electors.The Election Commission (EC) has set up 2,710 polling stations across the constituency.
With agency inputs