Browsing: Elections

This section is a window to the Parliamentary, Assembly, Panchayat and Urban Local Bodies elections in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.


History has interesting ways of repeating itself. The day the senior citizenry trekked to Bulbul Nawagam in Islamabad periphery to…

Kashmir In Lok Sabha

As J&K is bracing to elect its six new representatives to India’s Parliament, R S Gull offers a brief sketch…

Ghulam Nabi Azad

Throughout his political career that started from Sanjay Gandhi days, Azad has contested twice from J&K. In 1977, he contested…

Muted Voices

Having different priorities viz-a-viz the regions they belong to, the six MPs in past five years have hardly asked questions…

Election Breezes

Shah Abbas What makes majority of the masses in Kashmir to think about elections exhibit their psyche and shows that…

Guru Plank

In a remarkable turn-around the unionist parties of Kashmir seem to be brimming with sympathies for Parliament attack convict, Mohammad…

Countering Anti Incumbency

As J&K’s opposition parties are hoping the anti-incumbency against the ruling coalition and a possible Modi factor will help them…

Plough, Pen and a Hand

As the election season draws near, ruling NC and opposition PDP are busy in creating chances of coalition with Congress.…

Modi Effect

Modi’s growing popularity and Congress’ dismal performance in four states recently has triggered crises of sorts in Kashmir’s unionist camp.…

‘Lalkaar’ Aftershocks

Modi’s call for fresh debate on Article 370 made political parties react sharply in order to keep the pot boiling…

A hands down win

The LUTF faced a rout after in Hill Council elections, and Congress romped home with a thumping majority as NC…

Hot politics in cold desert

As demand for Union Territory status continues to emerge from Buddhist dominated Leh district of Ladakh region, almost all political…

Elections Jammu Youth creating ruckus in JK Assembly being manhandled-Photo:Bilal Bahadur
Legislating, first time

Some 30 first-timers made it to the legislative assembly in 2008. Hamidullah Dar talks to some of them about their…

Leelakaran dumped
While election results in Kashmir were surprising, Jammu parliamentary constituency shocked one and all. But the underlying reasons are not hard to find. Majid Maqbool reports.

As Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) entered poll fray in 2008 assembly elections, the Amarnath land controversy had polarized voters in Jammu. The Hindutva card was the best this right wing party could have played. BJP played the card and grabbed 11 seats in J&K’s legislative assembly.
Leelekaran Sharma, who led the Amarnath Sanghrash Samiti during protests in Jammu, Kathua and Samba districts of the state, entered Parliament election fray on a BJP ticket hoping to cash on the polarization once again. But the land controversy had already boiled down and Sharma was shooting his foot by joining politics.
Before the elections, Leelakaran had publicly announced that his mission was completely apolitical. By jumping into elections, he was actually making his intensions of a career in politics clear. This annoyed many voters who had earlier seen a selfless leader in Sharma.

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The Passage to India

Six politicians from J&K will join the Indian parliament this week. Eighty four have been elected in the last 14…

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