April 2019 News

Focus Shifts To Doda Seat; Bigwigs To Organise Rallies

12 April 2019
The Tribune
Dinesh Manhotra

Jammu: After the first phase of the elections on Thursday, the focus has shifted to the prestigious Udhampur-Doda Lok Sabha seat, where Union Minister Jitendra Singh is seeking re-election and is pitted against the scion of the erstwhile Dogra dynasty, Vikramaditya Singh, who is the Congress candidate. The constituency is going to the polls on April 18. On Friday, both BJP and Congress diverted their resources towards the Udhampur-Doda seat and deputed party leaders and workers at various locations to mobilise public support. As the campaigning for the seat will conclude on April 16, star campaigners of both parties are likely to address public meetings at various locations. Unlike the campaign for the Jammu-Poonch constituency, where Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad was the only star campaigner for the party, Congress stalwarts Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh and party general secretary Jyotiraditya Scindia are likely to campaign for Vikramaditya Singh. 'The programmes of Scindia have almost been finalised,' a source said, adding that the party leadership was also finalising the rallies of the Punjab Chief Minister in some belts of Kathua adjoining Punjab. Azad is already doing hectic campaigning in the mountainous belts of Udhampur, Ramban, Doda, Reasi and Kishtwar districts. On Friday, Azad addressed rallies at Pancheri, Latti, Dudu, Basantgarh and Gordi in Udhampur district. As far as the BJP is concerned, the party leadership is banking on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally on April 14. He had addressed a rally in Jammu on March 28. 'The Prime Minister will address a rally in Kathua on April 14 on the request of the state unit,' said state BJP president Ravinder Raina. He hoped that after the Prime Minister's rally, the situation would completely tilt towards the BJP.