862 Rallies Ahead Of Polls In J&K

12 November 2008
The Statesman

Jammu: In spite of the election boycott call given by various separatist leaders in the Kashmir valley, election fever seems to be far from subsiding in the region. Around 406 elections rallies have been witnessed in the Valley so far including the far flung remote areas of the province. The announcement of poll schedule for Jammu and Kashmir by the Election Commission of India (ECI) was made on 19 October. The electoral battleground is finally heating up with contestants taking out election rallies to woo the voters. Since the announcement of the poll schedule, 862 political meetings were held across the state with 406 in Kashmir division and 456 in Jammu division respectively. While 197 meetings were held by NC, Congress organised 178 such meetings. PDP followed with 166 workers meetings while BJP had 63 meetings held. The BSP with 45, NPP 41, PDF 24 follows suit. Independents held 56 rallies and workers meets across the State. In Kashmir valley, all frontline political parties launched door-to-door campaign meetings and conducted road-shows. Rallies, public meetings and door-to-door campaigns were organised and addressed by stalwarts of all the political parties. In Kashmir division, poll campaigning has been gradually picking up momentum with different political parties having conducted over 400 conventions and door-to-door meets so far. These public meetings and workers’ conventions were organised in Uri, Handawara, Bijbehara, Arampora, Budgam, Nawakadal, Khanabal, Aragam, Alloosa and Hillar Kokernag areas to name a few.