First Phase of Polling begins in J&K, Jharkhand

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Srinagar/Jharkhand, Nov 25: Amidst high security the first phase of polling has begun on Tuesday for the assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand.

The voting is underway covering 15 seats in Jammu and Kashmir and 13 in Maoists-hit Jharakhand. The security forces have been deployed to check Maoist activities and to avoid possible militant attacks on the voters and politicians in these two states.

A total of 10,502,50 voters, including 5,49,698 males and 5,00,539 females, besides 13 transgenders are eligible to exercise their right to vote in the first phase of the polls in Jammu and Kashmir. The assembly constituencies, which are going to poll today 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).

In Jharkhand, adequate security forces have been deployed in all the 13 constituencies where 33,61,938 voters, with nearly half of them women, are eligible to to elect their representatives from among 199 candidates in the fray. All the 13 seats are spread over the six Maoist-affected districts of Palamau, Gumla, Lohardaga, Chatra, Garhwa and Latehar.

While J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah-led National Conference (NC) is fighting against main opposition People's Democratic Party (PDP), BJP and Congress are trying their luck in this highly tensed region with their election manifestos. On the other hand, ruling Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) headed by Chief Minister Hemant Soren is seeking to retain the power in Jharkhand despite Modi wave.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged the voters to go out and vote in large scale, taking to the Twitter saying,"As polls begin in J&K and Jharkhand, I urge my sisters & brothers in these States to go out & vote in large numbers".

"I particularly call upon my young friends in J&K and Jharkhand to turnout in large numbers & cast their votes", he tweeted.

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