With the issuance of notification for the second phase of elections in the state, Udhampur and Reasi districts in the Jammu division are now abuzz with political activities as six of the 18 constituencies which will go to polls on December 2 belong to these districts.
The Election Commission had on Friday issued notification for the second phase poll in Jammu and Kashmir.
The last date for filing of nominations for the second phase is November 11. The scrutiny would be held on November 15 while the last date for withdrawal of nominations is on November 17.
The second phase elections will decide the political fortunes of several sitting MLAs and ministers in Udhampur and Reasi. These two districts have three assembly segments each.
These are Udhampur, Ramnagar and Chenani in Udhampur and Reasi, Gulabgarh and Gool Arnas.
Apart from national political parties, the Jammu Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) and the People's Democratic Party too have considerable stakes in the region.
During the past assembly elections, the Congress and the Panthers Party had won two seats each while the BJP and the National Conference had secured one each in this region .
Elections in these two districts are expected to be contested on the planks of development and the so-called Modi wave.
The BJP, which is expecting to cash in on brand Modi, is yet to make any significant dent in Udhampur district. Incidentally, Udhampur district was once considered to be a strong BJP hold, but this time rather than benefiting from the Modi wave, the party has failed to make any significant impact in the area as yet as two senior party leaders -- sitting Reasi MLA Baldev Raj Gupta and state party secretary Pawan Gupta from Udhampur -- have deserted the party and are contesting as Independent after denial of ticket.
Though the BJP has fielded candidates in all the six constituencies in the region, these party rebels can spoil the show.
BJP, Congress, NC and JKNPP have already announced its party candidates for the second phase polls.
Political activity in the region is expected to heat up further over the coming days as various parties are planning to bring in national leaders to boost the electoral prospects of their candidates.