New Delhi, Nov 25: As the states of Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand are witnessing their first phase of assembly elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday urged the people to come up in large number to cast their votes.
The Prime Minister tweeted: “As polls begin in J and K and Jharkhand, I urge my sisters and brothers in these States to go out and vote in large numbers.”
He further added: “I particularly call upon my young friends in J and K and Jharkhand to turnout in large numbers and cast their votes.”
Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand have entered their first phase of assembly elections with people gathering in large number to cast their votes in Ganderbal, Bandipore, Doda, Gumla and Latehar districts.
In the 81-member Jharkhand Assembly, polling is underway in 13 Maoist-affected constituencies where an electoral college of 33,61,938, are expected to exercise their franchise to choose among 199 candidates, including 18 women.
While in the crucial assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir, as many as 12 sitting MLAs, including seven ministers, are among 123 candidates trying their luck today in 15 constituencies.
A million voters will get to decide the political fate of 123 candidates who are contesting in the first phase of the polls.
The Assembly segments going to polls include Kishtwar, Inderwal, Doda, Bhaderwah, Ramban and Banihal (in Jammu division); Gurez, Bandipora, Sonawari, Kangan and Ganderbal (in Kashmir), Nobra, Leh, Kargil and Zanskar (in Ladakh).
While the state police and central paramilitary force have been deployed directly to provide security to the assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir, army has also been deputed in strength to scuttle any untoward attempt to disturb the peaceful conduct of the elections.
Many star campaigners, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi campaigned for their party candidates in both the states.
(With Agency Inputs)