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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Security a concern in Jammu and Kashmir’s militancy-hit areas

For the first time in the state’s history, polling in Anantnag Lok Sabha seat was conducted over three phases on account of security reasons. In the first phase, Anantnag district recorded 13.63% polling.

lok sabha elections Updated: May 06, 2019 08:48 IST
HT Correspondent
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Lok Sabha elections 2019,militancy stronghold,Security a concern
Ladakh and two districts of Anantnag parliamentary seat will vote on May 6, finishing up polling in the ongoing general elections in the state.(File Photo)

Ladakh and two districts of Anantnag parliamentary seat will vote on May 6, finishing up polling in the ongoing general elections in the state. For the first time in the state’s history, polling in Anantnag Lok Sabha seat was conducted over three phases on account of security reasons. In the first phase, Anantnag district recorded 13.63% polling. In the second phase, Kulgam recorded a 10.32% turnout.

Over two dozen incidents of stone pelting have marked the polling so far. The state has six seats in all. On Monday, the twin districts of Shopian and Pulwama, which are spread over six assembly segments, will go to polls. Pulwama was in the news recently when a suicide bomber rammed his car into a convey carrying Central Reserve Police Force personnel, killing 40 men. Last week, a Bharatiya Janata Party leader was killed by suspected militants in Nowgam area of Anantnag.

Read: Fate of 51 seats across 7 states on line in fifth phase of Lok Sabha polls

Close to 695 polling stations have been established in hypersensitive zones. More than 30,000 security force personnel will be deployed in polling booths and the Army has been roped in to patrol sensitive localities.

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With militancy in the two districts, mainstream political parties have held closed-door campaigns, selecting secure places for meetings and small rallies. These districts are key to the political fortunes of Peoples Democratic Party president and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, but the turnout was very low in the earlier rounds of voting in Anantnag, especially in her home turf of Bijbehara.

There are 18 candidates in the fray; however, it’s going to be a triangular contest between PDP, the Congress and the National Conference candidates — Mufti, Ghulam Ahmad Mir and retired Justice Hasnain Masoodi, respectively.

Ladakh Lok Sabha seat comprises two districts, Leh and Kargil, which has four assembly segments. Candidates in the fray include Rigzin Spalbar of Congress, Jamyang Tsering Namgyal of BJP and two independents, Asgar Ali Karbalai and Sajjad Hussain.

“Ladakh will witness good polling and two religious schools of Kargil will play an important role in the outcome of the elections. Pulwama and Shopian are expected to have a lower turnout than the previous phases. In the past too, turnout has been low here,’’ said Bashir Ahmad Lone, a political analyst.

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ConstituencySitting MP
Bihar
SitamarhiRam Kumar Sharma, RLSP
MadhubaniChaudhary Hukumdev Narayan Yadav, BJP
MuzaffarpurAjay Nishad, BJP
SaranRajiv Pratap Rudy, BJP
HajipurRamvilas Paswan, LJP
Jammu and Kashmir
LadakhThupstan Chhewang, BJP
AnantnagSeat is vacant (PDP’s Mehbooba Mufti quit after becoming CM of the state)
Madhya Pradesh
TikamgarhVirendra Kumar Khatik, BJP
DamohPrahalad Singh Patel, BJP
KhajurahoNagendra Singh, BJP
SatnaGanesh Singh
RewaJanardan Mishra, BJP
HoshangabadUday Pratap Singh
BetulJyoti Dhurve, BJP
Rajasthan
GanganagarNihalchand Meghwal, BJP
BikanerArun Ram Meghwal, BJP
ChuruRahul Kaswan, BJP
JhunjhunuSantosh Ahlawat, BJP
SikarSumedhanand Saraswati, BJP
Jaipur RuralRajyavardhan Singh Rathore, BJP
JaipurRamcharan Bohara, BJP
AlwarChand Nath, BJP
BharatpurBahadur Singh, BJP
Karauli-DholpurManoj Rajoria, BJP
DausaHarish Chandra Meena, BJP
NagaurC R Choudhary, BJP
ConstituencySitting MP
Jharkhand
KodarmaRavindra Kumar Ray, BJP
RanchiRam Tahal Choudhary, BJP
KhuntiKariya Munda, BJP
HazaribaghJayant Sinha, BJP
Uttar Pradesh
DharuheraRekha Verma, BJP
SitapurRajesh Verma, BJP
MohanlalganjKaushal Kishore, BJP
LucknowRajnath Singh, BJP
Rae BareliSonia Gandhi, Congress
AmethiRahul Gandhi, Congress
BandaBhairon Prasad Mishra, BJP
FatehpurNiranjan Jyoti, BJP
KaushambiVinod Sonkar, BJP
BarabankiPriyanka Singh Rawat, BJP
FaizabadLallu Singh, BJP
BahraichSavitri Bai Phule, BJP
KaiserganjBrij Bhushan Sharan Singh, BJP
GondaKirti Vardhan Singh, BJP
West Bengal
BangaonMamata Thakur, Trinamool Congress
BarrackpurDinesh Trivedi, Trinamool Congress
HowrahPrasun Banerjee, Trinamool Congress
UluberiaSajda Ahmed, Trinamool Congress
SreerampurKalyan Banerjee, Trinamool Congress
HooghlyDr Ratna De, Trinamool Congress
ArambagAparupa Poddar, Trinamool Congress

First Published: May 06, 2019 08:48 IST

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