May 2019 News

With 3.57-lakh Victory Margin, Jitendra Singh Sets Record

27 May 2019
The Tribune
Amit Khajuria

Jammu: Jitendra Singh, who was Minister of State in the PMO in the last government, has set a new record in the just-concluded parliamentary elections. He won the Udhampur-Doda parliamentary seat by a margin of more than 3,57,000 votes. This was the highest-ever victory margin in the elections in Jammu and Kashmir. Riding high on Modi wave, Jitendra Singh had won the 2014 parliamentary elections by defeating the then Health Minister and current Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad by 60,000 votes. This time, he routed the scion of the erstwhile royal family Vikramditya Singh (Congress) by 3,57,252 votes. 'This was the highest winning margin in Jammu and Kashmir,' BJP state president Ravinder Raina said. Of the total 11,82,600 votes, Jitendra Singh polled 7,24,311, leaving his Congress rival at 3,67,059 votes. In the constituency spread over Kathua, Udhampur, Reasi, Doda, Kishtwar and Ramban districts, he led in four Hindu-dominated districts of Kathua, Udhampur, Reasi and Ramban. He was close second in Doda and Kishtwar districts. Besides the strong Modi wave, his works done in the constituency and the Jammu region helped him score a stupendous victory. 'People favoured Jitendra Singh because of his work in the constituency,' said Ravi Sharma, a resident of Kathua. Similarly, BJP candidate Jugal Kishore Sharma won from the Jammu-Poonch parliamentary seat by 3,02,875. The seat consists of four districts of the Jammu region. He has defeated Congress candidate Raman Bhalla. On the Anantnag seat of south Kashmir, Hasnain Masoodi of the National Conference won by 6,676 votes. He defeated Congress candidate and Pradesh Congress Committee chief Ghulam Ahmad Mir. PDP president Mehbooba came third in the contest on the seat, which was the PDP bastion earlier. NC president and three-time Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah retained his Srinagar seat with a margin of 70,050 votes by defeating by defeating Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)candidate Aga Syed Mohsin. The Baramulla parliamentary constituency was also won by NC candidate Mohammad Akbar Lone by defeating PDP candidate Raja Aijaz Ali. The BJP retained the Ladakh seat with Jamyang Tesering Namgyal defeating Independent candidate Sajjad Hussain by 10,930 votes. Among the six MPs, Namgyal, 33, is the youngest parliamentarian from Jammu and Kashmir. Riding high on Modi wave Riding high on Modi wave, Jitendra Singh won the 2014 parliamentary elections by defeating the then Health Minister and current Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad by 60,000 votes. This time, he routed the scion of the erstwhile royal family Vikramditya Singh (Congress) by 3,57,252 votes Of the total 11,82,600 votes, Jitendra Singh polled 7,24,311, leaving his Congress rival at 3,67,059 votes In the constituency spread over Kathua, Udhampur, Reasi, Doda, Kishtwar and Ramban districts, he led in four Hindu-dominated districts of Kathua, Udhampur, Reasi and Ramban. He was close second in Doda and Kishtwar districts

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