While Jammu bettered its voting record as compared to the previous five Lok Sabha elections, expectations are quite high that Kathua-Doda belt will also follow the suit.
The three major political parties in the fray viz Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) though have a common perspective on the rise of voters percentage attributing it to people's wish to join the electoral process, yet all have a difference of opinion as to why the turnout was quite high.
"Perhaps people want to see the change," PDP MLC Naem Akhtar said. He termed the rise in the voter turnout in Jammu as a positive sign. "Earlier it was just that people used to be seen least bothered about their MP and do not come out to vote thinking it as insignificant. But now there seems to be a political inspiration among the people to join the electoral process to elect their own candidate," Akhtar said.
Akhtar also contributed a part of success in the rise of the voters to the government machinery that seemed to have worked on ground for first time to reach to the voters through the awareness campaigns.
Around 68% electorates cast their vote in polling for Jammu-Poonch parliamentary constituency.
In 2009, 49.71% polling was recorded in Jammu Lok Sabha constituency. Thursday's polling was 18.29% more than the polling percentage of last election.
"It was a vote for change, for Modi, for national unity and for development," said BJP political advisor to state president Jugal Kishore Sharma.
The BJP candidate for Jammu-Poonch Sharma said it was a vote against fake secularists and the votaries of self-rule, autonomy and fake independence.
"The people of Jammu avenged their humiliation by exercising franchise in large numbers. In fact, they registered their anger against those who try to connect the pious electoral exercise into secular versus communal debate," said Hari Om.
Meanwhile, Pradesh Congress Committee secretary Ashwani Puri dismissed any 'wave' having hit Jammu and Kashmir that converted into the rise of the voting percentage.
"It is only the strong media as well as the broader awareness and advertisement in all nook and corner that brought younger generation into the electoral process. People have come in large numbers to vote for development and sooner the results would deflate the hyped propaganda of a all waves," said Puri.
Jammu voted for a change, progress and development only, was the common voice of the people who exercised their franchise on Thursday.