On Saturday, many voters who exercised their democratic franchise had only one thing in mind: change through a new government. Surprisingly, they also seemed to be ready to put aside their grievances for a while and go with the upbeat mood in the region about the new political dispensation.
"We just want to be relieved of the system. Already we have been under a constant pressure of hopelessness that has ruled us for years," said Akhilesh Sharma, a computer engineer in Jammu West.
In rural areas of the Jammu region also voters' enthusiasm seemed overwhelming, despite heavy fog and biting cold. People, young and old, told this reporter they are going "with the wave" - the wave to overthrow the present government, an issue about which the BJP was particularly vocal about.
Harnam Singh, 68, a farmer at Shyamachak in Marh constituency said he going with the herd will reap him "double benefit". "For the first time Jammu is representing the Parliament with two members chosen from our region. The new dispensation at the Centre is showing a good performance since its installation. This time round we want to carry this legacy in state assembly also and want to reap the benefit," Singh said.
There were similar views in Akhnoor, Raipur-Domana and Gandhi Nagar constituencies.
However, on a more general basis people seemed to be fed up of the lack of development in their areas. In the high-profile urban constituencies like Akhnoor and Gandhi Nagar, voters carried sour experiences of the erstwhile candidates, saying they carried out development in their areas selectively.
In Marh too, villagers gave a decent response when asked about the issues concerning them. "Gone are the days when village people would fall prey to the political tactics of the candidates seeking votes. Now we are going to change the system itself. We are going for the change," said Bishambar Dass, a shopkeeper at Raipur Domana.
All the six constituencies in Jammu district were riding on the "wave". On the ground there was a one-to-one fight among two parties - the BJP on one side and the Congress or National Conference on the other side.