Browsing: Elections

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

Modi Effect

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

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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