Amid tight security, brisk voting was on Thursday underway in Jammu Lok Sabha seat where Congress nominee and two-time MP Madan Lal Sharma is looking for a hat-trick while opposition BJP's Jugal Kishore Sharma is trying to woo electorate on Narendra Modi plank.
Voting for the seat started at 7 am across all polling stations with voters standing in long queues outside various polling stations to exercise their franchise.
Union minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Thursday cast his vote at DPS polling station in Jammu city.
"There are tough measures taken by the Election Commission of India (ECI) this time to ensure free and fair polling", Azad told reporters here after casting his vote.
DIG Jammu-Kathua range, Shakeel Ahmed Baig said elaborate security arrangements have been put in place and there is no any report of untoward incidents.
Over 18 lakh voters are registered in Jammu constituency which has 2200 polling stations. 80 polling stations have been declared critical.