Unlike the 2008 assembly elections when response from among Pandit migrants was little, people began to line up from morning.
The BJP has of late softened its stand on Article 370, which grants the state a special status.
Though the party is contesting from 32 seats in Kashmir, and has fielded four Pandit candidates, none of those are people who chose to stay back.
Kashmiri Pandits can potentially swing the results in some seats, especially where a boycott call by separatists keeps the turnout low.
Various Kashmiri Pandit organizations asked all the political parties approaching them for votes to come up with detailed blue print.
Taking exception to the alleged misrepresentation of ancient Sun Temple in Kashmir in Vishal Bharadwaj’s movie ‘Haider’, a committee of displaced Kashmiri Pandits has sought a ban on the film.
For the past three months, party leaders have formed special teams to motivate Kashmiri Pandits to vote in good numbers.
Modi said his government will ensure this 20 % population contributes in changing destiny of the state.
The state Cabinet met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday evening to discuss the issue.
The Hurriyat chairman said his separatist amalgam would soon start consultations with other separatists to build a “national consensus” over the issue.
Jaitley said the Centre will make special efforts for development of Jammu and Kashmir and extend all required assistance to the state.
Defence Minister Arun Jaitely to visit Jammu and Kashmir. To be briefed about borders with China and Pakistan.
Priyanka stayed at the temple for nearly two hours and offered prayers at the shrine which is revered by Kashmiri Pandits.
The ministry stressed on the need to expedite reforms of police forces and strengthening of paramilitary forces from ‘teeth to tail’.
“APSCC will oppose the inclusion of any group as a minority community, merely for vote-bank politics.”