Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday urged people to cast their votes to select their leaders in the polling which is underway in Jharkhand as well as Jammu and Kashmir.
On his micro blogging site, Modi tweeted, "As polls begin in Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand, I urge my sisters and brothers in these states to go out and vote in large numbers." Focusing and urging the youth, he said, "I particularly call upon my young friends in Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand to come out in large numbers and cast their votes."
The polling for first phase is underway in 15 constituencies of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday, which will decide the future of 123 candidates in politics. There are 12 sitting MLA’s, which includes seven ministers who are contesting in the 15 seats. The ministers who are seeking for re-election are Nazir Ahmad Khan Gurezi, Mohammad Akbar Lone, Mian Altaf, Sajad Kichloo , Abdul Majid Wani , Nawang Rigzin Joa and Vikar Rasool Wani.
In Jharkhand, the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha and the Bahujan Samaj Party are contesting in 12 constituencies each, the Congress in seven and its alliance partner Rashtriya Janata Dal in six.
The prominent candidates include Rural Development Minister K.N. Tripathi, Congress’s state president Sukhdeo Bhagat, and former minister and Janata Dal-United candidate Sudha Chowdhary, While Tripathi and Bhagat were belonged to Congress, now both have switched to BJP.
Meanwhile, when the polling will take place in the 13 of the 81 Assembly constituencies in the first of the five-phase elections in Jharkhand, there is high security alert due to the poll-boycott called by Maoist here, in fear of what had happened during the election in Chhattisgarh in last January. About 3,939 polling booths have been set up for the first phase.
Amid, in Jammu and Kashmir, the people in the districts of Kashmir Valley, Bandipora and Ganderbal, of Ladakh region, Kargil and Leh, of Jammu region, Ramban, Doda and Kishtwar, will cast their vote today for the 123 candidates of various parties. However, as per reports, the voting began on a slow note in the foggy morning.
According to IANS, an official said, "Polling started peacefully at all the 1,787 polling stations spread over seven districts. Voting process was slow in the morning, but it is likely to pick up as the day warms up."
As per Election Commission sources, the polling which begun by eight in the morning will continue till three PM.