‘Shastra Poojan’ performed, rallies taken out by RSS, VHP, Bajrang Dal activists on Vijaydashmi

In order to celebrate its 93rd foundation day on the occasion of Vijaydashmi on Thursday, activists of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Vihswa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal took out rallies and performed the “Shastra Poojan” (weapon worshipping) across the Jammu Region. During the day, the RSS activists performed Shastra Poojan (weapon worshipping) and marched through the main towns of RS Pura, Kathua, Vijaypur, Bari Brahamana, Udhampur, Ramban, Kishtwar and Bhaderwah in the “Ganvesh” (the complete RSS dress) and sang the “Sanchalan Geet” (RSS group song) invoking “Maa Bharti” (motherland).…

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BJP surpassing other parties in dynastic politics

Rising to power after charging the Congress, National Conference, and Peoples Democratic Party with promoting dynastic legacy, the BJP is following the same path now. Whether it was as part of the PDP-BJP coalition government in the state or the ongoing urban bodies elections, the party is drawing widespread resentment from its cadre for promoting “bhai-bhatijavaad.” Ironically, this maxim was used by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the election campaign in 2014 against his rivals. State BJP general secretary Yudhveer Sethi’s wife Priya Sethi, who was earlier a Minister of…

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BJP faces tough fight from expelled party leaders, 6 lakh voters to decide fate of 1283 candidates

Bharatiya Janata Party candidates are pitted against expelled saffron party leaders in several wards of the Jammu Municipal Corporation and councils going to the polls tomorrow in first phase of the civic elections. As many as 28 expelled BJP activists charged with anti-party activities have turned out to be strong contenders in various wards and are giving a tough fight to BJP contestants. Fifteen workers were expelled on October 3 followed by seven and six more on October 5 and 6 for “anti-party activities”. BJP state president Ravinder Raina on…

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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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