As the campaigning for Jammu-Poonch constituency comes to close with the segment going to polls within next 48 hours, the fate of two major parties in the fray, Congress and the BJP, now depends upon the people’s understanding and assimilation of their agendas.
While Bharatiya Janata Party held an edge in its canvassing riding on the ‘Modi wave’, Congress banked heavily upon “delivery of governance” as its national manifesto.
While the notification for Jammu-Poonch was issued on March 15, the 24 days of campaigning by the two major parties besides the regional parties like People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Panthers Party etc made good use of the time period by organising road shows, public meeting and rallies.The major attraction was the visit of BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi at Hiranagar, while Congress lay stakes on its sitting MP Madan Lal’s (two-time MP) charisma in luring the people.
Though both the parties were seen reaching out to the masses, both, however, also carried unending list of charges against each other that ranged from corruption, unemployment, terrorism and communalism.
The coalition partners Congress and NC said that vote for the alliance would be vote for the “progressive and people-friendly policies of NC”.
Dismissing the Congress-NC coalition as “divisive”, and accusing it of propagating and giving an effect to “exclusivist ideology”, BJP urged the people “not to walk into the dangerous trap of the coalition candidates”.
The BJP said that an insidious campaign has already been launched by “regressive forces” in certain parts of Jammu province “to terrorise minority community”.
Congress alleged that BJP’s manifesto was nothing short of spreading falsehood. Giving an example of the “falsehood of the BJP”, it emphasised that building Ram Temple, abrogation of Article 370, and Common Civil Code had been mentioned in all the manifestoes during the last 20 years, but the BJP failed to take any action in this behalf.
The party assured the people that Congress had fulfilled many promises such as incorporation of 73rd Amendment in the Panchayat Act, package for settlement of refugees and Jatts, ‘one rank, one pension’ for ex-servicemen and many such things.