54% Independents candidates in Jammu making it tough for parties like BJP and Congress

With just three days left for the first phase of polling in the urban local bodies elections, a good number of Independents with a clean image are turning out to be a potential threat to candidates from the mainstream political parties in the region. In the first phase, over 54 per cent of the candidates are Independents. Candidates of the BJP and Congress are feeling the heat as these Independents along with the rebels of mainstream parties are changing the poll dynamics. Interestingly, in some municipal wards of three districts…

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Poll battle rages for 238 wards across Jammu region

As the voting day for the first phase of the urban local bodies elections draws closer, political parties and Independents are making intense last-minute efforts to woo the electorate as 238 municipal wards of the Jammu division heads for a fierce electoral battle on October 8. From road shows to small public meetings and from distributing pamphlets to door-to-door campaigns, political parties and Independents have embarked on different strategies to garner public support to register a win in the civic elections. In contrast to the Kashmir Valley where the poll…

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NC instigating Kashmiris against migrants for their participation in local body polls: BJP

The Jammu and Kashmir BJP unit Wednesday accused the National Conference of instigating locals in the Valley against Kashmiri pandit migrants for their participation in local bodies polls. “Today, when some of them have gone to Kashmir to exercise their right in elections or contest polls, the NC is instigating locals that they are coming here to rule them. It is a lie being spread by the NC,” state BJP spokesperson Brig Anil Gupta told reporters here. He alleged that the NC, which is the oldest political party in the…

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PM Narendra Modi remains star campaigner for BJP candidates

Though Prime Minister Narendra Modi campaigned for BJP candidates in Assembly and parliamentary elections, this time also, his photographs are being used by candidates in the local body polls to win the trust of voters. Deprived of local leadership, the BJP has no other star campaigner except Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The candidates are hardly using the pictures of their local MLA, MP or ex-J&K ministers of the BJP in their campaign as they sense this could backfire due to the anti-incumbency factor. “The BJP candidates of municipal elections know…

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Seven dead in rain related incidents in Doda and Kathua

Seven persons, including five members of a family, were killed in different rain-related incidents in Doda and Kathua districts of the Jammu region during the past 24 hours. According to the police, five members of a family, including an infant, were buried alive after a major landslide hit their mud shelter in the Gandoh area of Doda district. The landslide was triggered by overnight rains in Bhatoli, 18 km from the tehsil headquarters. Locals came to know about the incident on Monday morning. The deceased have been identified as Bashir…

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Rajni Sethi, BJP mahila leader threatens suicide over ticket allotment

Within hours of the issuance of list of candidates for the urban local bodies elections, women activists of the BJP raised a banner of revolt on Friday, accusing the party leadership of “importing” candidates from other parties and selling party ticket to influential people. Women leaders have reasons to air their grievances because some women family members of the Sangh Parivar leaders have been preferred over BJP women activists for ticket allotment. This morning a group of women workers of the party led by state Mahila Morcha president Rajni Sethi…

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BJP to disclose candidates identities after nominations

Although the list of party nominees for the Jammu region was released on Thursday, the BJP has decided not to make public the names of its candidates from the Kashmir valley before filing of the nomination papers. The step has been taken in view of security threats to party leaders and candidates. Instead of officially releasing the lists, the party has decided to silently handover the mandate to its candidates from the Valley, so as to maintain secrecy. Sources said the names of BJP candidates would be made public only…

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Govt planning to gift another HEP to GOI, JKSECC oppose joint venture on Ratle hydropower project

Jammu & Kashmir Socio-Economic Coordination Committee (JKSECC) Wednesday alleged that government is planning to give away another hydroelectric power project to some unknown central Public Sector Undertaking (PSU), clandestinely. Addressing a presser here, member of the JKSECC Hameeda Nayeem said they want to inform the public about the sinister design of present government who are thinking to gift another hydroelectric power project to some central sponsored agency. Hameeda said, “Conditions for the contract have not been revealed to the public yet and demand from the government to put a halt…

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BJP will sweep elections: Ravinder Raina

Ravinder Raina, state BJP unit president, on Monday said the party would sweep the municipal polls in the state and would back candidates in the panchayat polls that are being held on the non-party basis. “We know that the NC and the PDP will field proxy candidates despite having announced boycott of these polls. We will expose their hypocrisy,” said Raina while talking to Kashmir Post. For the panchayat elections, Raina said since the contest was on a non-party basis, the BJP would remain a watchdog of the proceedings. He…

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17 Killed scores injured as mini-bus plunged into Chenab River in Kishtwar

Atleast 17 passengers were killed and 16 others wounded, some of them critically, when a mini-bus plunged into Chenab River in Kishtwar district on Friday . Police said driver of mini-bus bearing registration number JK17-0663 lost control of the vehicle near Drabadan-Thakraie road at Tahgatan area and it fell into 250 feet deep gorge into Chenab river. After the mishap, locals, police, civil and army men rushed to the spot to rescue the people and shift them to hospital. The rescue teams retrieved bodies of 16 passengers and shifted 17…

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