Udhampur, Reasi to decide fate of a minister

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Udhampur
  • Updated: Nov 30, 2014 22:19 IST

Campaigning for the second of the five-phase assembly polls ended on Sunday in Udhampur and Reasi districts. Each party in these two districts, which have six assembly segments, is hoping to emerge victorious from a triangular contest.

The polls, to be held on December 2, will seal the fate of one sitting minister and four former ministers in these districts - one among them the incumbent minister of state for revenue Aijaz Khan, who is contesting from Gool-Arnas seat on a Congress ticket.

In Udhampur district the assembly segments are Udhampur, Ramnagar and Chenani while Reasi, Gulabgarh and Gool-Arnas seats are part of the Reasi district.

Reasi assembly segment has the highest number of voters - 10,8084 - while Gool Arnas constituency has only 61,355 eligible voters - the lowest.

There are two MLAs in these seats who have never lost an election since 1996 and are seeking a fourth term. They are Harshdev Singh of the National Panthers party and Abdul Gani Malik of the National Conference.

Singh, contesting from Ramnagar, is involved in a direct contest with BJP's RS Pathania though Vinod Khajuria of Congress and other candidates are also in the fray.

Abdul Gani Malik, fighting from Gulabgarh, is pitched against PDP's Shafiq-ur-Rehman and BJP's Pardeep Singh.

A total of 18 assembly constituencies in various parts of the state will be witnessing polling in the second phase. Over 15 lakh people will be exercising their franchise at 2181 polling stations. 175 candidates are in the fray.

The election commission is expecting brisk polling in the second phase after a huge turnout of 71.28% in the Phase 1 which was held on November 25 in 15 constituencies across the state.

To offer voters a pleasant and comfortable experience, 45 model polling stations (MPS) have been set up in Reasi district while 11 MPS have been set up in Udhampur district.

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