Sitting MPs Farooq, Jitendra locked in multi-cornered contest in Srinagar, Kathua
VIVEK SHARMA JAMMU: In the second phase of polls to Lok Sabha, two constituencies of sensitive state J&K, Srinagar and Kathua in Jammu province are among 95 seats across the country going for polls on Thursday. Former Chief Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah and Minister of State in PMO, Dr Jitendra Singh are locked in multi-cornered contest to retain their seats. While Srinagar constituency had recorded just over 7.5 per cent polling in the 2017 by-elections, the voter response this time seems to be encouraging given the number of rallies held by all contestants in comparatively peaceful environment. In Kathua constituency, Dr Jitendra Singh is giving a tough time to congress nominee Vikramaditya Singh, who is enjoying the support of National Conference and People’s Democratic Party. The former BJP Minister in J&K and expelled BJP leader, Ch Lal Singh is also in the fray apart from yet another Rajput leader Harsh Dev Singh of Panthers Party. In the high profile constituency, star campaigners Prime Minister, Narendra Modi campaigned for Dr Jitendra Singh while Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad and former Sadr-e-Riyasat Dr Karan Singh campaigned for Vikramaditya Singh. Eleven states and one union territory will vote to elect representatives on 95 seats. States which will be voting for Phase 2 Lok Sabha election are Jammu and Kashmir, Assam, Bihar, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Manipur, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Bengal, Chhattisgarh and Union Territory Puducherry. The voting time for Phase 2 elections is from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Around 1,600 candidates are contesting on 95 seats for the second phase of Lok Sabha election 2019. Former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda, BJP lawmaker Hema Malini, Senior Congress leader Veerappa Moily, Rajya Sabha lawmaker Kanimozhi and Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Raj Babbar are among the prominent candidates for Phase 2 Lok Sabha election 2019. The general election is taking place in seven phases. The polling dates for general elections 2019 are: April 11, April 18, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19. This election will choose the 17th Lok Sabha. Lok Sabha Elections 2019 results will be announced on May 23.
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