Attacking the BJP, Vikramaditya says it makes false promises and divides people. “You know their ideology and the politics they play... They have divided people in the name of religion and polarised society.”
Amarinder hit back, accusing the Prime Minister of resorting to “dirty politics”. He alleged that the central government deliberately chose to hold a “parallel event” instead of supporting the initiatives and programmes of the Punjab government.
Baramulla and Jammu together polled 57.35 per cent, compared to 56.7 per cent in 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Voter turnout in all states was over 50 per cent, and more than 60 per cent in as many as 14 states.
Police said Chanderkant Sharma (50), RSS in-charge for Kishtwar and Doda districts who worked as a medical assistant at the hospital, and his PSO, Rajinder Kumar (30), were gunned down by two militants.
Now the support for the BJP along religious lines seems even more than pronounced than in 2008. While in Jammu-Poonch, Hindus and Muslims are in the ratio of 60:40, in Udhampur, the two communities are evenly matched.
The head of the Gujjar Desh Charitable Trust, Javed Rahi, said that Bashir’s success indicated the empowerment of the Gujjar community, which forms the third biggest ethnic group after Kashmiris and Dogras in the state.
Emerging from a meeting with senior Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ambika Soni at his residence in Bhatindi area of Jammu, the NC chief said, “Whether we win or they win (the remaining three seats), secular forces will get strengthened.”