Political, economic and cultural news from the state of Jammu & Kashmir.
2014 Poll Facts
The state of Jammu & Kashmir has six parliamentary constituencies of which one is in sparsely populated Ladakh, two in the Jammu region and three in the Kashmir Valley. The layout of the constituencies reflects the geography and the natural divisions of the state. Traditionally, voters in Ladakh turn out in large numbers to vote while the turnout in the Valley is generally low mainly because of terrorist threats and anti-poll campaigns carried out by separatist groups. The turnout in the Jammu region varies but is usually much higher than that of the Valley. A few quick electoral facts about the state are listed Here
In truth everything and everyone
Is a shadow of the Beloved,
And our seeking is His seeking
And our words are His words...
We search for Him here and there,
while looking right at Him.
Sitting by His side, we ask:
'O Beloved, where is the Beloved?'
Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi
J-K defies boycott call, smashes poll record
Date: 26 November 2014
Voters across Jammu and Kashmir competed with themselves in the first phase of polling for the 15 of the 87 Assembly seats on Tuesday beating all previous records of the voter turnout giving a clear signal that they wanted to embrace democracy and reject the separatists boycott call that they claimed had yielded nothing in all these years. Initial estimates put the voting percentage at 70 per cent, with the Sonawari constituency recording over 80 per cent turnout, which was 59.95 per cent in 2008. Chief Electoral Officer Umang Narula said: 'In this toughest phase of elections, because of harsh weather and terrain, the voter turnout is likely to go up as polling was still on at 13 polling booths when reports last came in.'
2014 News Archives