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Jammu and Kashmir Election Updates


Date: 29-12-2014
  • The BJP led central government has drawn a plan to rehabilitate Kashmiri Pandits who were forced out of the valley in the 1990s by militants. The union government has allocated Rs. 500 crore for the project and has marked a 20 acre land near Srinagar to build 1,000 flats. Moreover, Rs. 10 lac would be given to those families who chose to reconstruct their house. 
  • Amid talks and possibility of a PDP-BJP coalition, the Congress party sources have said that the party chairman Sonia Gandhi has spoken to PDP patron Mufti Mohd. Sayeed in connection with striking a deal between the two parties and looking out for any possibilities of forming a government. The PDP has 28 seats while the Congress has won 12 seats in the recently concluded elections. 

  • To form a coalition government and to come to an agreement with BJP, the PDP has demanded the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in the state in order to safeguard the unique status of J&K. 
  • The PDP wants party patron and former CM Mufti Mohd. Sayeed as the head of the coalition government and a BJP member will be the deputy CM, said a PDP source. 
  • The uncertainty regarding government formation in Jammu & Kashmir may come to an end soon, as according to the PDP sources the PDP and BJP are about to reach an agreement. 
Date: 27-12-2014
  • Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad has warned BJP against its 'over excitement' to form a government in Jammu & Kashmir. The former chief minister of the state Azad said, "It is very sad that there was a fractured mandate in Jammu and Kashmir... What I am concerned about is that the BJP is being insensitive as far as Jammu and Kashmir is concerned. "They (BJP leaders) have camped in Srinagar, what is the rush." 
  • The Governor of the state of Jammu & Kashmir called up BJP and PDP party representatives over talks for government formation in the state. According to the Raj Bhavan sources, governor N.N. Vohra had sent both the parties separate letters as the invitation for the talks. The PDP has won 28 seats while the BJP has 25 of the 87 member assembly seats. 


Date: 26-12-2014
  • A PDP-BJP coalition looks almost certain to run the next government in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. High level talks are on between the two most successful parties in the just concluded assembly elections. "The talks remained inconclusive and will continue," BJP sources said. PDP sources said that the party is discussing a common minimum programme with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). "There has to be a clear common minimum programme before we join hands with future allies," PDP sources said. 
  • Senior BJP leader and Union Minister of Finance Arun Jaitley and party general secretary Ram Madhav were in Jammu and Srinagar respectively, who conveyed party's intentions to the local medias that the BJP wanted a Hindu CM for the state. 
  • While the speculations are ripe that the National Conference can support BJP to form the government in J&K if the latter agrees not to appoint a Hindu Chief Minister of the only Muslim majority state in India, the BJP has made it clear that it wants to govern J&K with a Hindu Chief Minister. 
  • While the speculations are ripe that the National Conference can support BJP to form the government in J&K if the latter agrees not to appoint a Hindu Chief Minister of the only Muslim majority state in India, the BJP has made it clear that it wants to govern J&K with a Hindu Chief Minister. 
  • BJP general secretary Ram Madhav is of the view that the state of Jammu & Kashmir must be ruled over by a BJP-led government. Ram Madhav was in Srinagar on Thursday when he said that he was in the city to explore the feasible options. "The BJP has the mandate to lead the government in Jammu and Kashmir. I am here to explore the options", he said. 

Date: 24-12-2014
  • Jammu & Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah said on Wednesday that he might stake his claim to form the government despite weak mandate. Omar said that his party was ready to support the PDP. "Incidentally in 2002, Mufti (PDP leader Mufti Mohammad Sayeed) became CM (chief minister) with 16 MLAs (members of legislature) and NC with 28 sat in opposition, so excuse me if I don't oblige by rolling over to play dead," Abdullah said in a tweet.  
  • Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister and JKNC's Omar Abdullah has quit as the CM of the state. On Wednesday, Abdullah submitted his resignation to the state governor N.N. Vohra At Raj Bhawan in Jammu. Though the governor requested him to continue till any alternative is available. 
  • The INC on Tuesday said that the verdict for the Jammu & Kashmir state assembly elections is somewhat satisfactory to the party. Congress spokesperson Ajoy Kumar said that the party has done better than what most of the opinion polls had predicted. Congress got 12 seats in J&K. 
Date: 23-12-2014
  • Its just a matter of a seat or two between the PDP and the BJP in Jammu & Kashmir even when the results are almost out. The Election Commission of India has declared the results for 80 out of 87 assembly seats out of which the PDP has won 25 seats and the BJP is just one behing PDP with 24. The JKNC and Congress could not compete with the two for long and have so far won 15 and 10 seats respectively. 
  • The Election Commission of India has declared the results for 65 out of 87 seats of the Jammu & Kashmir state legislative assembly which is set to winess a fractured mandate. Out of the declared 65 seats the PDP has won 21 seats while BJP has grabbed one more than this number. Whereas the JKNC has managed to win 11 seats while the INC has not been able to win more than 7 as of now. 
  • "We are sad that former CM Arjun Munda lost the election but he is a seasoned party leader and he will continue to work for the party": Amit Shah 
  • The trends so far hinting towards a 'Hung Assembly' in the state of Jammu & Kashmir as various opinion and exit polls predicted. According to the latest stats the PDP is going to be the most successful part in the state accounting for 29 seats, the trends suggest that BJP can win 25 seats being the second best party in the state. Congress and JKNC once came close to the two front runners, but eventually seem to be falling short with 16 and 11 seats respectively with 6 seats going to others. 
  • The Jammu East seat has gone to BJP as well where Rajesh Gupta beat Congress's Vikram Malhotra by a margin of 12,694 votes. Another BJP candidate Dina Nath also accounted for Chenani assembly seat by beating Congress's Krishan Chander by 20,332 votes. 
  • The BJP is in close contest with PDP in J&K, the Basohli assembly seat has gone to BJP where Lal Singh has won. Likewise, Rajeev Sharma of BJP has bagged the Akhnoor seat defeating Congress's Shyam Lal Sharma by a margin of 9,380 votes. Sat Paul Sharma has won the Jammu West seat, he thrashed Congress's Surinder Singh Shingari by a gigantic margin of 50,629 votes. On the other hand PDP's Chowdhary Zulfiqar Ali has won the Darhal seat against NC's Choudhary Liaqat Ali by 5068 votes. 
  • The ruling Chief Minister of the state of Jammu & Kashmir Omar Abdullah had to suffer a blow earlier when he lost the Sonawar seat to PDP's Mohd. Ashraf Mir. Finally he managed to salvage his pride by winning the Beerwah assembly seat by a margin of over a thousand votes. 
  • Jammu & Kashmir's incumbent chief minister and JKNC leader Omar Abdullah is trailing Congress's Nazir Khan by 131 votes in Beerwah assembly constituency as well. Abdullah has lready lost from the Sonawar seat to a PDP candidate. 
  • Three big Congress ministers Tara Chand, who is also the Deputy Chief Minister of the state of J&K, Raman Bhalla and Shyam Lal Sharma ended up on losing side by big margins in the state assembly elections. While an independent candidate Engineer Rashid won the Langate seat and BJP's Kishan Lal came out winner from Chhamb assembly contituency. 
  • The incumbent chief minister of Jammu & Kashmir Omar Abdullah and his JKNC have suffered a huge setback in the assembly elections. Considered a strong contender from the Sonawar and Beerwah assembly constituencies, Omar Abdullah lost the in both the seats. PDP's Mohd. Ashraf Mir won the Sonawar seat. Omar congratulated the winner from Sonawar, he said "Congratulations to Ashraf Mir for his win in Sonawar. I wish him and the people all good luck for the nex 6 years. He is now my local MLA."  
  • Former Separatist leader and the People's Conference Chief Sajjad Gani Lone has emerged triumphant form Handwara assembly constituency. 
  • BJP bore a blow on the results day in the state of Jammu & Kashmir on Tuesday as the party candidate Heena Bhat lost in the Amira Kadal seat to PDP candidate Altaf Bukhari. 
  • Former Separatist leader Sajjad Gani Lone's People's Conference is leading in Kupwara and Handwara. Lone is himself contesting from Handwara assembly constituency. 
  • The Khanyar assembly seat has gone to the Jammu & Kashmir National Conference (JKNC). JKNC leader and the state Law Minister Ali Mohammad Sagar has won the seat of Khanyar. 
  • It is becoming more and more unpredictable as to who is going to get the most number of seats in Jammu & Kashmir. As the trends till 10.40 am suggest, PDP and BJP are neck to neck with both leading in 23 seats each. While the JKNC and INC come closer to the two front runners maintaining their lead in 17 seats apiece.  
  • Fromer Separatist Sajjad gani Lone is leading from Handwara assembly constituency, while PDP's Ghulam Gani Lone is ahead of the others in Charar-i-Sharif. In Dooru assembly segment, Congress's Ghulam Ahmad Mir is leading against PDP's Syed Farooq Ahmad Andrabi. BJP's Kuldeep Raj Dubey is leading in Gool Arnas and PDP's Mohd. Abbas Wani is ahead in Gulmarg. 
  • The fight for the assembly is getting more and more intriguing in the state of Jammu & Kashmir as the the counting of votes goes on. At the beginning is seemed a bit like a close competition between the PDP and the BJP, but as the more stats come out JKNC and INC also break into the fight. According to the latest available trends the PDP is leading on 20 seats, the BJP is ahead on 23 of them, the JKNC leads the rest on 14 seats while the INC is coming into the picture with a lead on 13 of the 87 seats. 
  • The present Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir and JKNC's Omar Abdullah is trailing from Sonawar by 626+ votes, but he is leading from Beerwah by 1200+ votes. 
  • It seems a close fight between PDP and BJP in Jammu & Kashmir as the early trends of the counting of votes is indicating. The PDP is leading on 27 assembly seats while the BJP is within touching distance maintaining the lead on the 25 of the 87 seats. While the Congress is leading on 10 seats and JKNC is ahead on 11 as per the latest stats available. 
  • Counting of votes for the assembly elections in the states of Jammu & Kashmir and Jharkhand began on Tuesday at 8.00 am. A total of 87 assembly constituencies are in fray in J&K, where according to various opinion and exit polls the PDP is going to get the most number of seats but not the majority mark of 44 or more and BJP is going to settle with 22-25 seats. While in Jharkhand, the BJP is going to win with a bang and manage clear majority with 47-49 seats out of the 81 available. 
Date: 22-12-2014
  • After the conclusion of the final phase polling in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, speculations started doing rounds that the People's Democratic Party (PDP) which was projected to get most number of seats in J&K assembly yet not the clear majority, could form an alliance with the BJP to form the government. PDP on Sunday denied such reports and speculations saying that it would form the government on its own and would not form an alliance with any party whatsoever. According to various exit and opinion polls the PDP is projected to manage 35+ seats, while BJP could settle for around 24-28 seats to be the second best. The official results are going to be announced on Tuesday. 
Date: 21-12-2014
  • Dr. Jitendra Singh, central minister as well as senior leader of BJP, has shown confidence of winning all the seats in Jammu region of J&K. 
  • Ambika Soni of Congress has pointed out that there has been no Modi-wave in J&K. She went on to claim that her party will win maximum number of constituencies in the poll. 
  • Arun Gupta, Chief Spokesperson of BJP, has made it clear that they will not forge any alliance with PDP to form the next government in Jammu and Kashmir. 
  • Jammu and Kashmir witnessed an unprecedented 76 per cent turnout in the 5th and last phase of Assembly election 2014. Around 13 lakh people voted in this phase, which is in itself touched an historic high level, not witnessed in the last 25 years. Umang Narula, CEO of J&K, said that voting was overall peaceful. Large percentage of voting took place inspite of heavy shelling along the international border and killing of a Sarpanch. 
  • Exit Polls indicate towards a hung assembly in Jammu and Kashmir. While PDP is expected to emerge as the single largest party, BJP is expected to be the biggest gainer in this J&K Assembly election. Axis APM exit poll prediction shows that PDP is expected to win 36-41 constituencies, followed by BJP with 16-22 seats, and the current coalition partners National Conference as well as Congress expected to win 13 constituencies each. Per CSDS poll survey, 23 per cent voters in Kashmir region prefer PDP's Mufti Mohammed Sayeed as Chief Minister and just 11 per cent in Jammu region. When it comes to preference about NC's Omar Abdullah, CSDS survey shows 13 per cent of the respondents in Kashmir responded in his favour and 14 per cent in Jammu region. 
  • CSDS survey has found that people living in Kashmir valley have least faith on central government, which is surely a shocking revelation of the poll. The survey has found out that just 16 per cent of the respondents in Kashmir Valley has high trust on Union Government of India in comparison to 52 per cent living in Jammu region. Most interestingly, when it came to having faith on current Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the survey found that just 11 per cent of the respondents in Kashmir Valley have high faith in NaMo vis-a-vis 69 per cent in Jammu region. After witnessing these figures, BJP's Sheshadri Chari has said that if the figures are a true indicator then it is failure of the the well established political parties (such as PDP, NC, and INC) of the troubled state who need to consider this fact seriously. INC's Mani Shankar Aiyer has said that this figure indicates to the fact that people of Kashmir Valley have lost credibility in the democratic process of India. 
  • Sambit Patra of BJP has said that his party will form government not only in Jharkhand but also in Jammu and Kashmir. He went on to say that this will be the first time in the troubled state that a saffron party will form the government.  
  • People's Democratic Party has said that after witnessing last phase poll their chances of forming the government has brightened and therefore they will not require help from any allies to stake claim of the state government. 
  • Stray poll violence did take place in Jammu and Kashmir during the 5th phase election. In one of the poll violences, Ravinder Raina (Nowshera constituency's BJP candidate) got seriously injured during a clash between BJP and PDP workers. In another incident, on the charges of attacking a BJP candidate, a sitting MLA from Congress party as well as a minister, has been booked. 
Date: 20-12-2014
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi's appeal to vote in large numbers seems to have had an effect on the electorate of Jammu & Kashmir and Jharkhand. The electorate of J& K braved the chilly weather on Saturday and came out in big numbers to cast their ballot in the fifth and final phase. J&K recorded over 65 percent of balloting in 20 constituencies of three districts. An electorate turnout of over 65 percent seemed not possible until 1 pm, when even one-thirds of the eligible electorate had not cast their ballot, the voting picked up as the day progressed. The results of the elections will be announced on Tuesday, 23 December. 
  • Chilly morning weather had a bearing on the 20 assembly constituencies of Jammu & Kashmir that went for polling in the final phase on Saturday. A mere 13 percent electorate turnout was registered in J&K till 11 am. The state of J&K had witnessed only 48 percent in the fourth phase of the elections.  
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi called upon the people of Jammu & Kashmir on Saturday to come out of their hideout and vote in large numbers for one last time in the ongoing state assembly elections. PM Modi said in a tweet, "I urge all those voting in the fifth and final phase of Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand assembly polls to turn out in record numbers and vote." 20 assembly constituencies of three districts of Jammu, Kathua and Rajouri went for polls in the fifth and final phase of the assembly elections where over 18 lac people were supposed to cast their votes on Saturday. A lowly 48 percent electorate had exercised their franchise in the fourth phase on December 14. 
Date: 19-12-2014
  • The state of Jammu & Kashmir is all set to go for polling for one last time in the 2014 state assembly elections. The fifth and final phase will be underway on Saturday, 20 December. Twenty assembly constituencies in three districts of Jammu, Kathua and Rajouri will go for balloting in this phase where the fate of 225 candidates will be decided. A total of 18,28,904 voters are enlisted to cast their ballot on 2400 polling stations. Deputy Chief Minister of the state Tara Chand and three cabinet ministers are amongst those who will have their lucks locked into to ballots in the final round of elections. 
Date: 18-12-2014
  • Navjot Singh Sidhu let his wooden blade do the talking when the opposition bowlers used to bowl fiery bouncers at him during his playing days, but little did he imagine then that the people of Jammu would catch him off-gaurd years later. Sidhu was in Jammu on Thursday campaigning for BJP when the people hurled stones at his convoy. He is reported to be unhurt in the attack though. The final phase of the state assembly elections is scheduled to go underway Saturday, December 20 and results to be announced on Tuesday, 23 December. 
Date: 17-12-2014
  • Veteran PDP leader Mufti Mohammed Sayeed on Wednesday said that his party would not let anyone dent the unique, pluralistic and inclusive status of the state of Jammu & Kashmir. He said that the state was the core component of the idea of India and any attempt of subverting it would be firmly resisted. Sayeed accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of infusing negative discourse into the people of the state while addressing a series of election rally in Rajouri, Darhal and Nowshehra. He said, Prime Minister has to be a building force. He does not have the liberty to get into the agitational and divisive mode for electoral gains but has the responsibility of building bonds and help resolve issues where they exist." 
Date: 16-12-2014
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Jammu & Kashmir campaigning for BJP ahead of the final phase of the assembly elections. Addressing an elections rally in Billawar assembly segments Modi accused the JKNC and PDP of bad governance and corruption in the state. Modi urged the people attending the rally to get rid of the 'family-rule', he said, "The biggest problem of Jammu and Kashmir is corruption, misgovernance and family rule." "These three parties have come to power at different periods of time and they have only taken care of their families." "The time has come when you have to ensure that your own sons and daughters make progress and that cannot happen as long as you give power to political parties run by families," Modi said. 
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday that he could well see the change in enthusiasm of the people of Jammu & Kashmir. Addressing an elections rally ahead of the final phase of the assembly elections in Sanghar of Jammu region, Modi said that he had paid a number of visits to the state in the past, but had never witnessed such enthusiastic crowd and that too in such large numbers. He said that the youth of J&K wanted to change and change for the better, The youth of Kashmir wanted to take advantage of the technological advancement in the country just like the youth of the rest of India. The fifth and the final phase of the state assembly elections is scheduled for Saturday, December 20 when twenty assembly constituencies go for polling. 
  • Congress has labelled BJP as the J&K's 'Open Enemy'. While claiming that the Congress would emerge as the single largest party in the state, party leader Kadfeen Chaudhary said that the people should not vote to for BJP as it will be a blow to the uniqueness of the state and to the article 370. Kadfeen was of the view that people would rather opt for the secular agenda of the Congress party. He said that by having voted in large numbers, the people of J&K have showed that they want change. 
Date: 15-12-2014
  • Incumbent J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah stated on Monday that the BJP was not going to gain any ground in the state as war as the ongoing assembly elections were concerned. Addressing an election rally in Basholi Omar said, "This is the ground reality that the people of Jammu have to exhibit wisdom to support local party National Conference and its candidates so that it forms the Government and carries forward its agenda of inclusive and holistic development along with peace and tranquility in the State, Omar urged the people to vote for JKNC if they wished to see the state prosper. 
  • The electorate of Jammu & Kashmir hardly paid any heed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call to vote in large numbers in the fourth and penultimate phase of the state assembly elections on Sunday. The voter turnout on Sunday could not even reach the halfway mark, registering only 49% of balloting. Seven of the 18 assembly constituencies could not even record one third of the electorate turnout. The Vijaypur assembly constituency saw the highest voter turnout of around 81.17 percent, while Habbaakadal assembly segment witnessed a mere 21.01 percent of balloting. The final phase of the five phased assembly elections will be underway on Saturday, 20 December. 
Date: 14-12-2014
  • Rajnath Singh, former National President of BJP and incumbent Union Home Minister, has asked people of J&K to get rid of the corruption-ridden government in the state while addressing a rally in Mathwar-Jandial area. He also accused NC, INC, and PDP of looting resources of the state. 
  • While speaking at an event, National President of BJP, Amit Shah, has said that Bharatiya Janata Party is going to win the ongoing Assembly election in Jammu and Kashmir. 
  • While addressing a rally in Kathua, Indian PM Narendra Modi asked people of J&K to punish the political parties that ruled the state for so many years because he feels they are the reason why the state is lagging behind in terms of development. He also asked people to end dynasty rule in Jammu and Kashmir and also teach them a lesson. 
  • Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, patron of Jammu and Kashmir People's Democratic Party, said that there is no NaMo wave present during this election. Mufti showed confidence in winning majority seat during this Assembly election. Sayeed went on to say that Narendra Modi may have received unprecedented support to become Prime Minister of India but during J&K election there will be no such repetition of performance because of the sway of region-specific leadership in J&K. 
  • Enthusiasm among voters is witnessed in Jammu and Kashmir during fourth phase election too. Inspite of chilling cold in the valley, voters started to pour in the polling stations. Till 10am, 10 per cent polling was recorded in J&K. While voting percentage was 13.56 per cent in Samba, 12.71 per cent turnout was recorded in Vijaypur till 10 in the morning. Till 2pm, 37.5 per cent polling was recorded in the state. 
  • Arun Jaitley, senior BJP leader and Union Finance Minister, while addressing a BJP workers' rally has said that Congress is not going to win double digit figure seat this Assembly election in Jammu and Kashmir. He went on saying that the grand old party of India didn't shy away to cling on to power, even by partnering with other political parties National Conference and People's Democratic Party.  
  • Mehbooba Mufti, President of PDP, has said that people of Jammu and Kashmir don't need coalition politics anymore. According to her, they are now looking forward to a majority government of PDP. She also said that Jammu and Kashmir's people want to see Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, patron of PDP, as their new Chief Minister. 
  • Omar Abdullah, incumbent Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, cast his vote from Srinagar's Sonawar constituency, one of his constituencies he is contesting this time after deserting his family seat at Ganderwal. While asked about his chances during this election, Omar pinned his hopes on the electorates by saying it depends upon how the voters have felt about the works done by the current government. He also considers incumbency as a boon because it gives people the chance to vote on the basis of the works done by the present government. He also said that everyone will be surprised by the verdict this assembly election. 
  • BJP candidate Javed Ahmad Qadri got involved in a brawl with a voter on Sunday during the polling for the fourth phase of the J&K state assembly elections. Accordig to news reports, at Mochwad polling station of the Shopian assembly segment, Qadri alleged that the voter was not carrying a voter id card and was in line to cast his vote. Javed Qadri is the BJP candidate from the Shopian constituency. State chief minister Omar Abdullah has reacted to this through a tweet in which he said, "The BJP candidate in Srinagar who earlier threatened to pick up a gun over Art 370 now slaps a polling officer. Well done." 
  • According to the Election Commission officials, approximately 25% of electorate turnout was recorded in the state of J&K during the fourth phase of the assembly elections till 12 p.m. on Sunday. The official said, "Till 12 p.m., 24.58 percent voting has taken place. The highest turnout was in Pahalgam constituency with 37.23 percent and the lowest in Habba Kadal at 7.58 percent." It was a slow start to the polling on chilly morning but a rapid increase in voting was witnessed as the day warmed up. 
  • Incumbent Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir Omar Abdullah cast his vote today in Srinagar's Sonawar assembly constituency. After having cast his ballot, the JKNC candidate from the same constituency said that the people of Kashmir were smart enough to understand what 'good work' has been done in the past six years and are not going to be fooled by anyone. He said that he was sure that the people would take correct decision as to who to vote for as per their own discretion. A total of 18 assembly constituencies are going for polls today in the penultimate phase of the five phased elections. 
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed to the people of J&K and Jharkhand to come out and cast their ballots in large numbers as the fourth phase of the assembly elections in both the states goes underway. "I urge all friends across J&K and Jharkhand voting today in the 4th phase of the Vidhan Sabha elections to vote in large numbers," he said in a tweet. 
  • 18 assembly constituencies are going for polls on Sunday in the fourth of the five phased assembly elections in the state of Jammu & Kashmir, where balloting started at 8 a.m. Close to 14 lakh voters are enrolled to exercise their franchise on Sunday at around 1890 polling stations. Incumbent Chief Minister Omar Abdullah of JKNC from Sonawar & former CM Mufti Mohhamad Sayeed of PDP from Anantnag assembly segments are among the political bigwigs who will have their luck locked into the EVMs today. 
Date: 13-12-2014
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday that the development that the people of Jammu & Kashmir deserve has not been brought to them and held previous governments responsible for that. Addressing a rally in Jammu Modi said, "Poonch and Rajouri districts should have been connected by a rail link with the rest of the country, but successive state governments ignored the far-flung backward areas of the state." Modi promised the people that if BJP is Brought to power in J&K then it will ensure the development of the area. He said, "I promise to connect these areas with the rest of the country through a rail link so that fruits of development reach here quickly." 
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged the people of Jammu & Kashmir to shun the "dynastic" parties. Referring to the JKNC and PDP, Modi invoked the electorate in the bordering town of Kathua in Jammu region, asking them as to why should they chose only the members of a particular family when they have the capability to run the state themselves. "Aren't children of other families talented to run the state of Jammu and Kashmir? Why should only father-and-son party (NC) and father-and-daughter party (PDP) be allowed to come to power," Modi said. 
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the electorate of Jammu & Kashmir has captured the attention of the whole world by having turned up in huge numbers. Modi said this while addressing an election rally in Jammu region. "The world is watching these elections because of the massive participation by the people," he said. Modi also said that the people of J&K have proved that the power of democracy was far greater than that of AK47 rifle. 
  • A village Sarpanch has been killed by unidentified gunmen in the Baramulla district of Jammu & Kashmir. The body of the deceased village headman has been seized by the local police on Saturday morning. "The body of the slain headman has been recovered from a field Saturday morning away from the place where he was kidnapped. An FIR has been lodged," a senior police officer told. According to some media reports, This is being seen as an attempt by Separatists to disturb the democratic process of elections of the village panchayats in the state. 
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be campaigning today for BJP in Jammu ahead of the fifth phase polls of the assembly elections. In the process, Modi will address two election rallies in the region. "The Prime Minister will first address a BJP election rally in Kathua district and in the afternoon, he will address another BJP poll rally in Rajouri district", reporters were told in Jammu. A total of 20 assembly constituencies are slated to go for polls under the fifth phase on Saturday, December 20. 
Date: 12-12-2014
  • If the BJP national president Amit Shah is to be believed, his party is going to win the J&K assembly elections comfortably and form a government there. Shah was of the opinion that the electorate of Jammu and Kashmir wanted development and would vote for BJP. He said on Friday that, "The media is still busy in dividing the voters of the state along religious lines. We are fighting the polls on issues like electricity, water and education...I am sure the BJP will win in Jammu and Kashmir". The penultimate phase of the ongoing five phased J&K elections is scheduled to go underway on December 14.  
  • There has been another attempt by the militants to disturb the peaceful environment that has been created by the large electorate turnout in the first three phases of the ongoing J&K state assembly elections. There was a grenade attack in Jammu & Kashmir's Anantnag town late last evening leaving three personnel wounded, a senior Police official said. "Three policemen were injured today evening when militants lobed a grenade at Sherbagh police post in Anantnag," he said. The Anantnag assembly segment is to undergo polls in the fourth phase of the elections on Sunday, December 14. 
  • BJP national president Amit Shah caught the ruling Omar Abdullah government by neck on Thursday in an election rally in Srinagar when he alleged that the "Family-Rule' was the prime cause of the problems of the people. Amit Shah said that the central government had sent an aid worth 17,00 crore Rs. for the Kashmir flood relief, but has not been used for the purpose. Shah asked the state government as to where the money had gone when it was not utilized. He said that the BJP would leave no stone unturned for the valley's development if brought to power. 
Date: 11-12-2014
  • Union defence minister Manohar Parrikar is on a visit to the state of Jammu & Kashmir to review security situation ahead of the fourth phase of the assembly elections. The minister's visit to the terror struck state has come a few days after a suicide bomb attack in Uri killed 8 army men. Parrikar paid homage to the war memorial at Badamibagh headquarters of the Army's 15 Corps. The defence minister faced a scathing attack by the opposition parties for not having paid any attention to the troubled state and visiting Goa for a private function instead a few days back. The polling for the fourth of the five phase elections is to take place on December 14. 
Date: 10-12-2014
  • UPA Chairman Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday held the "Coalitions Cumpulsions" responsible for the non-implementation of the people people friendly policies in the state. Sonia Gandhi said: "I know we could not fulfill all the pro-people programmes like the food security bill and land compensation bill because of coalition compulsions during the last six years. "But we have remained in the forefront of helping the people of Kashmir in times of need," she said at an election rally in Shangus constituency in south Kashmir's Anantnag district. " 
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed two election rallies in the state of Jammu & Kashmir on December 8, and this has not gone down well with the Congress who has raised their apprehension to the Elections Commission of India about these rallies. The Congress has expressed its objection to Modi's Rallies saying that the campaign for the third phase assembly polls came to an end on December 7, and accused PM Modi of breaching the elections Code of Conduct. INC has demanded a strict action to be taken against the Prime Minister in light of these rallies. 
Date: 09-12-2014
  • Balloting ended peacefully in Jammu & Kashmir on Tuesday in all the 16 constituencies going for polls for the third phase of assembly elections. People braved the inclement weather and a call for boycott of the elections by the Separatists and came out in large numbers to vote. As many as 138 candidates, including Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, senior ministers Abdul Rahim Rather, Ghulam Hassan Mir and Taj Mohiuddin, were in the fray on Tuesday. 
  • PM Modi urged the people of Jammu & Kashmir and Jharkhand to turn up to vote in large numbers. Modi said in a tweet,"Urging all those voting today, in phase three of the assembly elections in J&K and Jharkhand, to turnout in record numbers and cast their vote". A total of 16 constituencies in J&K and 17 constituencies in Jharkhand are going for balloting on Tuesday for the third of the Five phase assembly elections. 
  • Jammu and Kashmir recorded an average voter turnout of 11.28 percent during the first couple of hours in the state assembly elections on Tuesday, authorities said. The Khansahib constituency recorded the highest voter turnout percentage of 19.64 while Sopore constituency was the lowest with 2.39 percent. Voting is taking place in 16 assembly constituencies in the third round of the five-phase elections to the state assembly. 
  • The voter turnout was low on Tuesday morning during the third phase of the Jammu & Kashmir assembly polls. Owing to the spine chilling cold, people came out in small numbers to cast their vote. There was seen a small que as soon as the pooling stations were thrown open to the electors in Chadura constituency. In the distrcit of Pulwama, where four constituencies went for polls, balloting was slow due to freezing cold. There was no voter turnout in Tral constituency during morning. There were ques in Uri but not many turned up in Sopore assembly segment.  
Date: 08-12-2014
  • Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India,visited the troubled Kashmir Valley to campaign for BJP candidates at a time when a few days back terrorists attacked Army camps to propagate terror in the poll bound valley. While addressing a rally in Samba district Modi said that overwhelming response in the last two phases of Assembly election in Jammu and Kashmir is nothing but the sign that ballot is stronger than bullets. He also praised security personnel who fought till the end to flush out terrorists. He vouched for development and job opportunities in the valley, if his party is voted to power. NaMo delivered his message as Srinagar was wrapped under full security cover. 
  • Current Chief Minister of J&K, Omar Abdullah accused BJP of bringing people from across the state in trains to fill up audience in Narendra Modi's rally in Srinagar. He also said that Congress people were also asked by BJP to send their workers and supporters to Narendra Modi's Srinagar rally. 
  • Mehbooba Mufti has alleged that Indian National Congress was partner of the current NC government and was equal partner of NC in the widespread loot. 
  • Senior INC leader Mr. Sham Sharma has said that National Conference as well as Bharatiya Janata Party are worried about increasing popularity of INC in J&K. 
  • Mufti Mohammad Sayeed of PDP has said that full throttle effort needs to be made for reaching people of J&K, the primary stakeholder of the troubled state. 
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Jammu on Monday on a day-long visit to campaign for the BJP in the Jammu and Kashmir assembly elections. A special plane carrying the prime minister landed at the technical area of Jammu airport at 11.45 a.m. From the airport, Modi took an Mi-17 helicopter to reach the venue of the Bharatiya Janata Party rally in Samba district. Modi is scheduled to address a BJP election rally on the Jammu-Pathankote national highway at Raya Morh, about 25 km from Jammu city in the Vijaypur assembly constituency of Samba district. A heavy security blanket has been thrown around the Raya Marh rally of the prime minister. Senior BJP leaders Avinash Rai Khanna, parliament member Jugal Kishore and party candidates from Bishnah, Vijaypur and Samba were at the venue.  
  • Authorities on Monday deployed more than 4,000 security personnel to secure the venue of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's public rally in Srinagar. The security officers confirmed that more than 4,000 security personnel drawn from central and state security forces have been deployed on the security in and around the Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium, where Modi will address a BJP election rally today afternoon. Restrictions have also been imposed in five police station areas of Srinagar. The areas placed under restrictions fall under the jurisdiction of Rainawari, Nowhatta, M.R. Gunj, Khanyar and Safakadal police stations. Modi will visit the Badami Bagh cantonment headquarters of the army's 15 corps in Srinagar before arriving at the public rally venue in the afternoon, BJP sources said. 
Date: 07-12-2014
  • Vice President of Indian National Congress, Rahul Gandhi, has accused BJP and Narendra Modi government of being the reason behind spurt in militant attacks in India. He also condoled death of two civilians as well as eleven security personnel. 
  • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the recent spurt in terrorist attacks in Jammu and Kashmir was not a localised incident but an attack on Indian democracy itself. He also remembered the sacrifices of the slain Army jawans who braved the bullets of militants and fought till their last breadth to protect security of the country. Modi said that the recent militant attacks were nothing but desperate attempts by separatist and foreign forces to destabilise the atmosphere of hope created during the last two election phases in J&K, evident from over 70 per cent turnout. 
  • After Shahnawaz Hussain, senior BJP leader and also Union Minister, assured reporters that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally will take place on December 8 in Srinagar, as planned earlier, BJP in Jammu and Kashmir is not leaving a single stone unturned to make Modi's rally a success. Per latest available information, BJP has hired three thousand vehicles to help people visit Sher-i-Kashmir stadium and make PM's rally on Monday a success. It is learnt that BJP candidates from fifteen constituencies of J&K, where polling has not taken place yet, will be present during the rally. 
  • Security arrangements have been heightened in an unprecedented manner as Srinagar gears up to host a rally on Monday where Indian PM will address an audience in Sher-i-Kashmir stadium. Narendra Modi is expected to reach the venue at around 12.30 pm. Security arrangements that are going to be put into place include 3-tier security ring around the venue, thirty mobile check-points, and fifty companies of CRPF and state police personnel. 
  • Current Chief Minister of the state and senior leader of National Conference Omar Abdullah will face the challenge from Beerwah seat (located in Budgam constituency) during third phase of election, which is going to be held on December 9. Polling will be held in 16 constituencies - spread over Baramulla, Pulwama, and Budgam districts. This area is known as a PDP bastion as 9 seats out of these sixteen were won by PDP during last election. 
  • Political parties in J&K remain unperturbed by militant attack in Army camp in Kashmir Valley a couple of days back. They continue their campaign for the upcoming third phase Assembly election. Some of the parties that organised road show in the valley are People's Democratic Party, National Conference, and Indian National Congress. 
  • BJP seems to be targeting Gujjar vote bank in Jammu and Kashmir as senior leader of the party Ram Madhav vouched for their rights and well being during a rally in Chouadhi area of J&K. He stressed on the fact that people belonging to Gujjar community lived in the mountainous terrains of the state for more than 60 years but have been neglected by all the governments. He also said that the governments treated them as 2nd class citizen. Ram Madhav assured people that if BJP assumes power in Jammu and Kashmir they will take development route and at the same time treat every section of J&K populace equally. 
Date: 06-12-2014
  • BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain also addressed an election rally in south Kashmir Tral constituency. 
  • PDP MP Tariq Hameed Harra also addressed a public meeting at Khonmoh in Sonawar constituency of Srinagar and is scheduled to address various roadside meetings at Eidgah constituency of interior Srinagar. 
  • J&K's Omar Abdullah addressed a rally in Beerwah constituency from where is contesting elections. Also PDP chief Mufti Muhammad Saeed addressed rally in Beerwah, Khansahab and Charar-e-Sharief constituencies.j 
  • Security has been tightened in J&K ahead of PM Narendra Modi's visit on 8th December. Modi has to address a rally in Sher-e-Kashmir cricket stadium in Srinagar, Kashmir 
  • As the phase 3 elections in 16 constituencies reach near, Independent candidates are too busy with their campaigning & are reaching door to door to woo voters. 
  • Terror attacks in J&K have left the nation numb again. But it seems that it has had not much impact on the political parties as they continued with their poll pitch since morning. A number of political rallies took place in the valley since morning. 
Date: 05-12-2014
  • One person was killed and 11 were injured when a grenade hurled by militants exploded in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district on Friday afternoon, police said. The attack took place in south Kashmir's Tral town, 45 km from Srinagar. "Militants lobbed a grenade towards a posse of security forces in Tral town today (Friday) afternoon. The grenade exploded on the road, injuring 12 civilians, of whom one died," a senior police officer said in a statement. The official said three people with serious splinter injuries were shifted to Srinagar. There were reports of another grenade attack at a police station in Shopian, but police said only a smoke grenade went off.  
  • Seven soldiers, including a senior army officer, and three policemen were killed on Friday battling a group of heavily armed militants who mounted a brazen attack on an army camp in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir, a state that is in the midst of assembly elections. All the six terrorists were killed. A Lt. Colonel and a junior commissioned officer were among the soldiers killed in the audacious pre-dawn terror attack that took place at the army's Field Ordnance Camp located at Mohra near the border town of Uri. The attack comes in the midst of the five-phase elections in the state. The next phase of elections is on Dec 9. The polls began on Nov 25 and end on Dec 20, with the votes to be counted on Dec 23.  
  • Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and State chief minister Omar Abdullah's respective statements on the Kashmir issue have not gone down well with the Separatists like Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. Jaitley had said on Wednesday that Kashmir was an integral part of India while addressing the members of the civil society, while Omar Abdullah had stated that Kashmir's accession with India was conditional while addressing a rally in Soibug and Budgam. Reacting on jaitley and Abdullah's statements, Syed Ali Shah Geelani was of the view that India's unchanged behaviour was the biggest hindrance in resolution of the Kashmir issue, on the other hand Umar Farooq told that Arun Jaitley's statement was factually incorrect, meaningless and irrelevant as far as the Kashmir dispute was concerned.  
Date: 04-12-2014
  • Ajat Shatru, leader of Bharatiya Janata Party, made a major blooper while addressing a rally in Kashmir Valley. Instead of asking people to vote for Lotus, election symbol of BJP, he asked people to vote for plough, election symbol of National Conference. He rectified his mistake immediately and asked electorates to vote for Lotus and make Narendra Modi victorious.  
  • Muhammad Yasin Malik, separatist leader of Jammu and Kashmir and JKLF Chairman, has asked people of Kashmir to observe complete shutdown on the day Indian Prime Minister visits Kashmir Valley to address rallies. Modi visits J&K on December 8. The separatist leader considers Kashmir to be illegally occupied by India and is currently jailed in Islamabad district jail. He opined that NaMo is visiting the valley to strengthen 'illegal' occupation of Kashmir by India. He called Kashmiri people to resist such act of 'Indian aggression'. 
  • Report of Association for Democratic Reforms shows that out of the total 138 candidates who are going to contest during 3rd phase J&K election, 46 per cent of the candidates have more than 1 crore of declared asset. Rs 2.59 crore is the average declared asset of the candidates contesting Phase 3 election. More importantly, 23 candidates have pending criminal cases against them. 
  • Omar Abdullah, CM of J&K, has hit back at INC for criticising the current state government for its 'supposed' failures because according to him the INC leaders could have pointed out the 'mistakes' much earlier, especially when NC was supporting Rahul Gandhi for the PM's position. He also found it unfortunate on part of Congress to find 'fault' in the coalition government at a time when the term is coming to an end. He also criticised PDP for imposing AFSPA in the state as it was imposed at a time when PDP patron Mufti Mohammed Sayeed was the Union Home Minister. 
  • Syed Ali Shah Geelani, senior Hurriyat leader, has called for complete shut down of valley as the state prepares to organise a public meeting of PM Narendra Modi. 
Date: 03-12-2014
  • Arun Jaitley, Union Finance Minister, has congratulated people of Jammu and Kashmir for voting in large numbers inspite of boycott call by the separatists. He said that 71 to 72 per cent voting in the troubled state indicate that people of J&K have embraced democracy over violence. 
  • Narendra Modi is all set to address rally in Kashmir Valley on December 8. Top rung leadership of BJP are not leaving a single stone unturned to make the rally a success. Sources in BJP reveal that they are expecting a crowd of more than 1 lakh in NaMo's rally. 
  • Meeting of exseparatist turned People's Conference leader Sajad Gani Lone with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi some days back had become an issue in Handwara, from where Lone fought election yesterday. While workers of National Conference as well as supporters voted to keep NaMo out of the place, PC supporters voted to help Lone win. Now, it remains to be seen which factor worked more and who wins Handwara constituency. 
  • Tarun Vijay of BJP has said that large turnout of registered voters in Jammu and Kashmir show that people of the state have put their faith in democracy. Shashi Tharoor of INC also echoed the same sentiment but also added that it is the beauty of Indian democracy that provides this freedom of choice to its people. 
  • During second phase election in Jammu and Kashmir 72 per cent polling was recorded, surpassing the first phases's 71.28 per cent polling. Election Commission has issued statement that this polling percentage is much higher than that during last Assembly election of 2008 (68.79 per cent) as well as last Lok Sabha election of 2014 (61.04 per cent). High turnout is significant because people braved boycott call of the separatists. EC has also said that polling during this phase was peaceful. 
  • Mufti Mohammad Sayeed of Jammu and Kashmir People's Democratic Party has opined that India has the potential of becoming a superpower if it is able to resolve contentious issues with its neighbour Pakistan, including the issue of Kashmir. 
Date: 02-12-2014
  • Over 71% voter turnout recorded in J&K for 2nd phase of Assembly Elections, Reasi registers highest 80% voter turnout, Udhampur-76%, Poonch- 75%, Kupwada- 68% and Kulgan-60%  
  • Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee has expelled Shahid Ali Kachroo, a party rebel, who defied INC diktat and filed his nomination from Zadibal assembly seat as an independent. Formal announcement of Shahid's expelling from INC was announced by Saif-ud-Din Soz, President of JKPCC. 
  • During second phase of Assembly election in Jammu and Kashmir too people of the state defied boycott call of the separatists and exercised their franchise in large numbers. Till 2pm, more than 54 per cent of polling were reported. Though the pace of polling was dull in the first few hours, it picked up later. External forces tried to create tension in the area but tight security contained the situation. Militants tried to infiltrate near LoC of Kupwara district early morning today but the infiltration bid was foiled by Indian Army. 220 companies of paramilitary personnel have been deployed during the 2ndphase. Per an official, more paramilitary forces have been put on standby, which can be used if required. It is reported that Dalbir Singh Suhag, Chief General of Indian Army, visited certain areas yesterday and also reviewed the overall security situation in the state. 
  • When Jammu and Kashmir is going through 2nd phase of election peacefully, residents of twin villages of the state - Poshpora and Kunan - boycott polls voluntarily to protest against one of the worst Human Right Violations ever reported in India. Villagers allege that on February 23, 1991, mass gangrape was committed by the Army Jawans of 4th Rajputana Rifles while carrying cordon and search operation. The villagers say that they have boycotted the poll not because they support the separatists but because they want justice for the raped victims. 
  • Some of the important candidates who are testing their luck as well as popularity during the on-going 2nd phase poll in Jammu and Kashmir include Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami of CPIM from Kulgam assembly seat, ex-separatist leader Sajjad Lone of People's Conference from Handwara seat, NC's Balwant Singh Mankotia from Udhampur, Abdul Rashid Sheikh from Langate as an independent candidate, INC's Aijaz Ahmed Khan from Gool Arnas, PDP's Mohammad Sartaj Madni from Devsar constituency, and Sakina Ittoo of National Conference from Noorabad. 
  • After senior leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party reiterated the need of Armed Forces Special Powers Act in Jammu and Kashmir some days back, the party seems to have softened its stand on the issue after gauging mood of people in the state. Just before the 2nd phase election BJP has said that they will create such an atmosphere in J&K, if assumes state power, that such a law like AFSPA will not be required. 
  • Union Minister and BJP leader Jitendra Singh has showed confidence that his party will assume power in Jammu and Kashmir by getting a clear majority. 
Date: 01-12-2014
  • Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, patron of J&K People's Democratic Party, has said that the call of change is reverberating at very corner of Jammu and Kashmir. He also said that this election is going to be a watershed moment in the history of J&K. According to Mufti this election is fought not only to usher in development and good governance but also to uphold dignity of people living in the state and safe guard distinct identity of J&K. Mufti Mohammad Sayeed said these words while he addressed rallies in Kunzer, Uri, Qazigund, Sangaldan, and Chassana. 
  • Chief Minister of J&K and senior leader of National Conference has stressed upon the fact that it is BJP, PDP, and INC that imposed election in the state at a time when its people are still struggling to cope up with one of the worst floods ever in the history of Jammu and Kashmir. He also called these parties power thirsty while addressing rallies in Poonch district's Surankote, Mendhar, and Poonch constituencies. 
  • Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami, the only CPIM MLA from Kashmir, is all set to contest Kulgam constituency again. He has already won this constituency thrice and ground realities point out that he is going to win from Kulgam once again. His contenders are Nazir Ahmad Laway of PDP and Imran Nabi of NC. 
  • Ghulam Nabi Azad has asked people of J&K to vote generously in their favour so that they can get a majority in the state assembly. Azad went on to say that it is only INC that can provide them proper development. He also said that it is his party that has a credible history of providing development in Jammu and Kashmir. 
  • Sham Lal Sharma of INC has said that BJP shelved its over 60-year demand of repealing Article 370 because the party lacked any vision. He went on to accuse that BJP of hijacking political agenda of Hurriyat Conference to get votes. Sham Lal tried to highlight opportunist side of BJP through his statement. 
  • In Mendhar area of J&K, located near LoC, suspected terrorists have exploded IED to disrupt peaceful polling process and also warn people who are willing to vote on December 2. During this IED explosion one Indian soldier got seriously injured. 
  • In Shopian district's Nazneenpora area, militants killed a sarpanch leader named Mohammad Sultan Bhat two days back to instill fear among peace loving people of J&K just before December 2 election. Current CM Omar Abdullah has asked Election Commission for reviewing security arrangements in Shopian district. 
  • 17,015 registered Kashmiri Pandit voters will cast their votes during 2nd phase of J&K election. During this phase, total registered electorates is 15,35,087, among which 7,22,269 are women and 8,12,809 men. Campaigning for December 2 poll ended on November 30. 
Date: 30-11-2014
  • Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Chairman of Hurriyat (M), has stressed upon resolving the Kashmir issue, on one hand, and his party's disapproval of the ongoing election in the state, on the other hand. 
  • To get more and more support of young voters, Waheed-Ur-Rehman Parra (Youth President of PDP) has said that if his party comes to power they will strive for empowerment of youth, economic independence, ethical awareness, and social responsibility. 
  • All Party Migrant Coordination Committee has hailed the Vision Document of BJP as the document stressed upon rehabilitation of the Kashmiri Pandits, who were forced to leave their lands many years back. A complete shutdown has been called by his party on December 2, the date J&K goes to 2nd phase election.  
  • Syed Ali Geelani, Chairman of Hurriyat Conference, has said that the election manifestos are nothing but eyewash that mainstream political parties resort to on a regular basis. He also asked people of the state to restrain from voting.  
  • Congress's Raj Babbar said that the grants sent by the Union Government didn't reach people of J&K properly. The yesteryear actor perhaps didn't know that this statement is almost equivalent to what Narendra Modi has been saying. Healso said that he has been stressing on this issue since the year 1982, when he was not in politics even. However, senior leader of INC Saif-ud-din Soz reportedly cut short Babbar's words and reiterated that NaMo was using propaganda to win votes.  
  • Vision Document of Bharatiya Janata Party stresses on development of Jammu and Kashmir (through 4 main pillars - Empowerment, Modernisation, Infrastructure, and Tourism), hounourable resettlement of Kashmiri Pandits, who were forcefully displaced from their own lands decades back, and many more. However, absence of Article 370 in the document was a major let down for many hardliners within BJP. 
  • Militant attack at J&K's Arnia sector led to 12 deaths including 5 civilians, 4 terrorists, and 3 Indian soldiers. Terrorists and separatists have increased their assault in order to disrupt the J&K election process.  
  • Sajjad Lone, the ex-separatist leader turned politician, has become a deciding factor in the on-going Jammu and Kashmir Assembly election. He may turn table against regional parties of J&K as he is believed to be pretty close to BJP. Omar Abdullah has called him 'RSS stooge' and went on to say that Lone is going to help BJP in repealing Muslim personal law as well as Article 370, thereby damaging cultural as well as demographic features of the state. Sajjad Lone, when contacted, said that these kinds of statements by a senior leader, who also happens to be the Chief Minister of J&K, is nothing but 'shameless'.  
  • PDP's Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has said that there is only one way of solving the contending issue of Kashmir with Pakistan and that is the way shown by Vajpayee during the first NDA government. In the election manifesto of Jammu and Kashmir People's Democratic Party they have highlighted their main 'self rule' document as a basic framework to solve the problem. However, they stopped at vouching for the need of closer ties between people living on both sides of LoC along with stronger social and economic ties in the region. PDP stressed more on economics rather than putting emphasis on self-rule doctrine for resolving Kashmir problem.  
Date: 29-11-2014
  • The Defence spokesperson revealed that terror seems to cover J&K polls. The forces have found a militant hideout in Doda district of J&K and have recovered arms and ammunition.  
  • Preparations for Phase-2 of Assembly Elections are all high, 45 model polling stations have been set up in Reasi district for secure and comfortable experience of voters. Gulabgarh has 10 model polling stations. 
  • BJP has fielded strong women candidates from Kashmir, Darakshan Andrabi, BJP's candidate from Sonawar constituency is campaigning door to door. BJP has fielded her against CM Omar Abdullah. BJP has worked on a strategy which it has been following since last few elections, to field well educated candidates. Neelam Gash another woman candidate, a software engineer is fighting from Zadibal and Hina Bhatt from Amira Kadal. 
  • J&K's CM Omar Abdullah in his Electoral pitch said that "Fight for Article 370 is not an electoral one. His fight is an ideological battle to help the state maintain its political dignity." 
  • Amidst the ongoing Assembly-elections in J&K, today Home Minister Rajnath Singh today in Delhi slammed Pakistan for its attempts to destabilize India. A tweet from Home ministry stated "Mentioning the attack in Arnia sector HM says that Pakistan claims non state actors are behind such incidents which is not true". 
  • Syed Ali Gilani, Veteran Hurriyat leader asked the people of Kashmir to be weary of pro-India politicians, and appealed people to boycott elections. In a statement issued in Srinagar he said that All the pro-India parties are birds of same feather. He added that development and change are all weak excuses and participation in elections can not justify it.  
Date: 28-11-2014
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accused all the established main political parties in Jammu and Kashmir - including People's Democratic Party, National Conference, and Indian National Congress - for looting the funds generated for doing development in the troubled state. Modi asked people to vote overwhelmingly in favour of Bharatiya Janata Party and see how his party works to develop the state and get rid of massive corruption. He said these things while addressing a rally in Udhampur. 
  • After National Conference's Omar Abdullah accused INC for being opportunistic and attempt to mislead people by resorting to falsehood, Congress in turn has sent back the volley of words by terming Omar Abdullah 'unfit' for the coveted position of Chief minister's chair. 
  • Indian PM Narendra Modi visits Poonch and addresses rally to better chances of BJP candidates contesting in the second phase of J&K Assembly election. He reminded people that he is the second Prime minister in last forty years to visit the troubled state of India - Jammu and Kashmir. To further development works in the state he asked people to remove political families - referring to Farooq Abdullah's National Conference and Mufti Mohammad Sayeed's People's Democratic Party - from power. Modi also stressed upon his development agenda. 
  • Mehbooba Mufti, President of PDP, has said that communal politics was started in J&K by INC. 
  • PDP's manifesto in Jammu and Kashmir vouches for 'Self Rule' for solving problems of the state. 
  • After CM Omar Abdullah criticised BJP of being ignorant about J&K's ground realities, the saffron party hit back by saying that if Omar was himself aware of the problems he could have resolved them during his current tenure. 
Date: 27-11-2014
  • BJP has released its Vision Document' by keeping Assembly election of Jammu and Kashmir in mind. It not only vouched for developing and progressing the troubled state but also talked about re-settling Kashmiri Pandits in J&K in an honourable manner for providing justice to the displaced. The document also promised reserving three out of the total forty six seats for Kashmiri Pandits in Kashmir. 
  • After INC Vice President Rahul Gandhi criticised current CM of J&K Omar Abdullah for non-performance, PDP's Mehbooba Mufti criticised Congress of supporting Omar's 'non-performing' government to carry on its 'anarchic' rule. 
  • Sham Lal Sharma of Congress has criticised Omar Abdullah government by saying that the National Conference party is asking for repealing AFSPA and insisting upon autonomy issue to divert attention of people from its non-performance 
  • Bookies of Delhi and Mumbai, who are consistently getting it right in the last few elections, are expecting a hung Assembly in Jammu and Kashmir. Most bookies are expecting BJP to get anything from 20 to 25 seats. Some bookies have been heard saying that development slogan of the BJP has also struck note with many Muslim youths in the valley too. 
  • After peaceful J&K election, separatist militants have struck again on military to disturb the election process. Close to international border, suspected militants attacked Army bunker in RS Pura and killed Army personnel. 
  • Indian PM will be addressing rallies and seek votes for BJP's candidates in Jammu's Poonch and Udhampur districts on November 28. 
  • Two main issues that NC's election manifesto vouches for are opposing repeal of Article 370 and restoration of autonomy. 
Date: 26-11-2014
  • Omar Abdullah, Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, filed his nomination paper for contesting from Srinagar district's Sonawat constituency. After filing his paper he told media that record turnout during 1st phase of J&K's assembly election was the "success of democracy". However, he also cautioned that it is easy to create hype by sitting in the studio, far away from the ground realities. Omar also asked to wait till the polling process ends before creating further hype. Omar also appreciated the initiative undertaken by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in reaching out to the neighbouring countries during on going SAARC Summit. The current J&K CM also opined that it is in the best interest of both India and Pakistan to do away with the atmosphere of 'suspicion and hostility' and resolve their problems through dialogue. 
  • BJP seems desperate to make Mission 44+ a reality. That's why they have brought in fifty leaders from Uttar Pradesh, who helped in winning maximum seats in UP during Lok Sabha election. With the help of these young leaders, BJP President Amit Shah wants to achieve majority in J&K. 
  • 1,268 Kashmiri Pandit migrants had filled in the M Form out of the total 3,441 registered Pandit voters. 288 migrant voters cast their votes in special booth set up for them in Ganderbal constituency. 278 migrants voted in Kangan, 57 in Sonawari, 129 in Bandipora. 
  • Jammu and Kashmir witnessed large turnout (71.28 per cent) in all the constituencies that went to poll yesterday. Voter turnout was highest in last 25 years. During 2008 assembly election the turnout was just 64.97 per cent. Most significant aspect of this large turnout is that people of the troubled state didn't pay attention to the boycott call of the separatists. Election Commission stated that the large turnout became possible because of two main factors: voters' confidence building campaigns as well as high security. 
  • High turnout during the 1st phase election seems to have slapped the separatist leaders hard because Syed Ali Gilani of Hurriyet was heard saying that the election in J&K took place in the shadow of guns. He thereby referred that the overwhelming voting is not a sign of right to self-determination by Kashmiri people. 
Date: 25-11-2014
  • Current Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah, is among one hundred and seven candidates who have filed nomination to contest election in the third phase. In this phase Omar will be contesting from Budgam district's Beerwah seat.  
  • Congress manifesto has been released a couple of days before today's 1st phase of Assembly election and it seems they have emphasised more on Jammu region so that they can restrict the BJP juggernaut in this area. That's why they have included equal political empowerment point in their election manifesto.  
  • On December 6, Narendra Modi will address rallies in Srinagar and Anantnag district of South Kashmir. This information is provided to the press by Ramesh Arora, Vice President of J&K BJP.  
  • Some polling stations in J&K are located at mountainous terrains and remote areas. For helping people cast their votes in a free and fair manner eighty four polling parties and security forces have been airlifted to these polling stations.  
  • Mufti Bashirudin Ahmad has claimed that four BJP delegates visited him and conveyed that BJP's numero uno Narendra Modi is anxious of meeting him. Per Afmad's claim, those delegates projected development record of Modi to seek his support for BJP. According to him the incident happened one week back. 
  • Tight security arrangements were done in the and around the fifteen constituencies that went to poll today as high alerts were issued due to terrorist attack threat perceptions. At the end of the day the polling was on an average free and fair, per last available information. 
  • 1st Phase election in J&K took place today. In the morning it was chilly out there in the state. However, people braved the cold and long queues were seen in the morning. Till noon 34 per cent votes were cast. However, pace of voting increased as the weather started to get better with passage of time. Till 2pm, 46.8 per cent votes were cast. Some of the constituencies that witnessed great enthusiasm among the electorates were Sonawari (56 per cent polling till 2pm), Nubra (56 per cent polling), and Kangan (63.5 per cent polling).  
Date: 24-11-2014
  • J&K Assembly election is going to start on November 25, 2014 (Tuesday). During the 1st phase voting will take place in fifteen seats. One hundred and twenty three candidates are contesting the election in these seats. 10,502,50 electorates (5,00,539 females, 13 transgenders, and 5,49,698 males) will vote tomorrow. 
  • Congress is the first major political outfit in Jammu and Kashmir to come up with their election manifesto just two days before the state goes to poll. INC released their manifesto on November 23, 2014 where they promised to empower regional councils, review pending cases against individuals who don't have grave offenses against them, stress upon confidence building measures in cross-LoC areas, and others, if INC assumes state power. 
  • Vice President of INC Rahul Gandhi will address rallies in Poonch and Lolab constituency on November 25. 
  • J&K is abuzz with the rumors that the current NC government has gone slow in probing Rs. 113 crore scam against ex-Union minister and father of current J&K CM Dr. Farooq Abdullah. 
  • Omar Abdullah of National Conference has alleged that Bharatiya Janata Party is trying to disturb the political balance of the state by providing wrong facts before people. BJP has become a major political force in the state and is expected to win many seats in Jammu region. 
  • Most political parties in J&K have used radio as their preferred medium for campaign to reach maximum number of people. 
  • During 1st phase election 3,441 Kashmiri Pandits, the basic vote bank of BJP, will be able to cast their votes. 
Date: 23-11-2014
  • Prof. Bhim Singh of Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party has alleged that Indian PM's public address in J&K's Kishtwar violated Model Code of Conduct because the the event was sponsored by the state government even when the rally was that of BJP. Singh also alleged that Modi's speech had communal content in it. 
  • After returning from J&K's Kishtwar, Narendra Modi communicated through a tweet that J&K has special place in his heart. He also said during an election rally in J&K that he wants to fulfill the dreams of ex-PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, which is based upon three tenets - "democracy, humanity and Kashmiriyat". 
  • While stressing on the skewed nature of terrorism, K.P.S. Gill (Punjab's ex-Director General of Police) has said that AFSPA is still needed in the troubled J&K because more and more alienated youths of the state are getting influenced by the new terrorist organisation named ISIS. 
  • Rajnath Singh has claimed that the controversial article 370 issue will not be BJP's election issue during the upcoming assembly election in J&K. He also said that rival parties are making hue and cry on this issue solely because they want to create fear psychosis among people of the state to stop BJP from acquiring state power. 
  • Security and police personnel are taking all necessary precautions to make the upcoming J&K election normal and peaceful. First they cracked down on the separatists and now they have targeted the persons who are trying to disrupt the polls by spreading boycott messages online.  
  • Ground reports from Jammu and Kashmir indicate that people of the troubled Indian state are looking forward to normalcy. However, by the word normalcy they don't regard peaceful elections as the only means of achieving the end. By normalcy they also mean proper justice, inclusive development, employment for the youth, and definitely greater push for bringing the alienated souls into the mainstream.  
  • Congress has dismissed any 'Modi Wave' in Jammu and Kashmir and instead claimed that there is a strong 'Azad Wave' going on in the state. Per Salman Nizami, J&K Congress's Joint Secretary, the party is going to make huge gains in the upcoming election and will also win majority seats.  
  • Sort of social media war is going on among the political parties in ammu and Kashmir since the day the 5-phase election was announced in the state. Almost all the recognised major politicl parties are using social media, messaging apps, and other digital tools to reach young and restless people of the flood affected and troubled state. Both National Conference and Jammu and Kashmir People's Democratic Party are using microblogging and Whatsapp for reaching more voters.  
Date: 22-11-2014
  • While addressing a rally in Kishtwar town of Jammu, Narendra Modi have asked people of the state to vote overwhelmingly to get rid of the 'yoke of this dynastic rule'..During Indian Prime minister's fifth visit to J&K, Modi said that it has become a habit for the two powerful political families to juggle power of the state within themselves. He went on to allege that there is a match fixing between these two political families - People's Democratic Party and National Conference. 
  • Congress has now called for reorganisation of Jammu and Kashmir, if it wins election in the state. This announcement comes at a time when the 1st phase of election in J&K is going to take place within a few days from today. The promise of reorganiation of J&K is made by none other than Congress President Sonia Gandhi herself as she delivered speech in Bandipora of J&K. Per Sonia Gandhi's promise, Chinab Valley and Pir Panjal developmental councils will be formed, drawing inspiration from development councils of Leh and Kargil Hill. 
  • Bharatiya Janata Party has promised to rename J&K and this has been mentioned in their election manifesto. To give importance to Leh-Ladakh region, the saffron party has decided to rename this northern state as 'Jammu-Kashmir & Ladakh'. BJP has included this point in their manifesto because they want to give this troubled state a complete identity by including the name of Ladakh and giving the hilly terrains its well deserved due importance. 
  • While stressing upon the need to develop Jammu and Kashmir as a tourism hotspot Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promised that he will bring back the lost glory of J&K by making this state the ultimate destination for the Bollywood to shoot its unforgettable scenes. Modi also promised to explore the yet to be explored immense opportunities of the picturesque place for becoming the next tourism sensation of the world. These promises were done by the PM while addressing rallies in J&K. 
  • Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, patron of People's Democratic Party, has pointed out that many divisive politics is being played during this assembly election, clearly pointing to BJP and its recent moves of allying with the former separatists. He called these kinds of divisive politics 'misadventure' which will not only polarise the already troubled state but also fuel alienation of youth and increase trust deficit between the state and central government. Sayeed seems to be worried about statements given by certain BJP leaders saying 'Islam' (a particular religion) will prosper under saffron rule. 
  • The affidavit submitted by the PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed before the upcoming J&K election shows that his age has increased by only one year since last assembly election of 2008. During 2008 his affidavit shows that he was 71 years old. However, affidavit submitted during 2014 assembly election shows that he is 72 years old. Interestingly, Sayeed is not the only one whose age stopped ticking or slowed down. Nawang Rigzin Jora's, INC candidate from Leh, age has indeed decreased by 3 years (from 56 to 53 years) since 2008. Mohammad Akbar Lone's (NC candidate from Sonawari) age has increased by just 4 years in the last 6 years.  
  • Opinion polls indicate that in the upcoming Jammu and Kashmir election no single party will get a majority. Per News Nation India's opinion poll, People's Democratic Party is likely to emerge as the single largest party by winning 31 to 36 seats, thereby missing the majority mark. BJP is expected to become the single largest party by winning 23 to 28 constituencies. While INC may win 8 to 12 constituencies, NC may win 7 to 11 assembly constituencies. 
  • INC President Sonia Gandhi has accused Omar Abdullah's state government of not implementing the pro-poor initiatives as well as programmes including Food Bill.  
  • Pawan Gupta, the disgruntled BJP leader who was denied ticket to contest from Udhampur seat, had recently decided to contest the seat against the official candidate of BJP. He was expelled from BJP on November 21. 
Date: 21-11-2014
  • Sonawar constituency is going to witness woman power pitted against the current CM of J&K and NC candidate Omar Abdullah. BJP has fielded Darkhshan Andrabi from this seat. She had earlier merged he Social Democratic Party with Bharatiya Janata Party.  
  • Amit Shah, National President of BJP, has claimed that the next CM of J&K will be from Bharatiya Janata Party. He seemed to be pretty confident of reaching the 44+ target in the state. 
  • National Conference may feel the heat of victims and their relatives in the flood affected areas of Jammu and Kashmir because of the lack of initiatives from Omar Abdullah's current government. While these people praise the efforts of the military personnel during the deluge, they can't stop cursing Omar's government for their seemingly missing effort. 
  • PDP patron, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, has said that his party is all set to defend the special identity given to J&K by the constitution of India. He asked people of the state to bring PDP to power so that they can defend honour and dignity of the state. 
  • BJP has given ticket to Nand Kishore Sharma from Nagrota seat. He is the brother of Jugal Kishore Sharma, Chief of BJP's J&K unit. It was earlier speculated that Ajatshatru Singh (son of INC leader Karan Singh) would be fielded from this constituency.  
  • Amit Shah has accused the two ruling political families - Farooq Abdullah's National Conference and Mufti Muhammad Sayeed's People's Democratic Party - as the main reasons of backwardness and uncontrolled corruption present in the state. He has asked people of Jammu and Kashmir to teach them a lesson and bring BJP in state power by helping them win 44+ seats. 
  • Omar Abdullah had deserted his family seat Ganderbal earlier. National Conference has fielded Sheikh Ishfaq Jabbar from this seat. It seems this constituency is going to witness a triangular contest among independent candidate Sheikh Ghulam Ahmad Saloori, Qazi Muhammad Afzal of PDP, and Sheikh Ishfaq Jabbar (NC). 
Date: 20-11-2014
  • During a public meeting senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh has said that abroggation of Article 370 is a national issue that needs to be looked into closely and subjected to public debate. However, this issue should not be given priority during the upcoming J&K Assembly election. 
  • After Rajnath Singh's comment on putting Article 370 to the backburner at least for now has made hit out at BJP. Congress has accused BJP of backtracking from one of their core issues. Ambika Soni of INC has questioned the real reason behind sending repealing of Article 370 to the cold storage. 
  • Current Chief Minister of J&K, son of Farooq Abdullah and leader of National Conference party - Omar Abdullah - has filed nomination on November 20. He will be contesting from two constituencies - Sonawar and Beerwah. He was earlier criticised by his rivals when he deserted his family bastion Ganderbal constituency. While on his way to file nomination Omar was accompanied by thousand of his NC supporters. 
  • NC's Omar Abdullah has question PDP the real reasons of abandoning 'dual currency' and 'Self Rule' slogans and documents it used to vouch for before. He alleged that PDP has abandoned them because they were asked to by secret services and their political masters. Omar Abdullah actually wanted to show people how PDP changes its slogans and promises every two years, pointing out their double standards. 
  • To reach their Mission 44+ mark, BJP's National President Amit Shah has chosen two Jammu seats to start his campaign today. These two places are Banihal and Ramban 
  • On November 19, Amit Shah reviewed the progress done by his party in J&K as the state prepares to go to 1st phase poll on November 25. After review Amit Shah showed confidence in winning the election. He also said that people of Jammu and Kashmir are rallying with the development plank of the Indian Prime Minister. 
  • Ghulam Hassan Mir filed his nomination on November 19 from Gulmarg assembly seat. He is representing 3rd Front in this constituency, where his main rival is PDP. He accused PDP of selling this seat to outside world. According to Mir, this is ploy to deny employment to the local young populace. 
  • Ramesh Arora of BJP has said that Islam will prosper in the state if his party assumes power in J&K. He also emphasised that his party has no belief in politics of polarisation. Arora said this while asked about the reasons behind RSS campaigning for the BJP candidates. 
  • Leh seat is going to witness a direct contest between BJP and INC. Other important parties of the state such as People's Democratic Party and National Conference have not fielded candidates here 
  • INC has started their campaign in Jammu and Kashmir by bringing in Raj Babbar and Rashid Alvi. 
  • INC's Ghulam Nabi Azad has regarded RSS as a threat. He also went on to accuse Bharatiya Janata Party of trying every bit of it to saffronise the already troubled state. 
  • Mehbooba Mufti, President of Jammu and Kashmir People's Democratic Party has said that people of the state are looking forward to a change, just like what they looked forward to during last Lok Sabha election of 2014. That time they voted in favour of PDP. This time too she believes voters of J&K, who want change, will vote in favour of her party. 
  • BJP is all set to utilise new technology to the fullest to reach more and more voters. Efficacy of this strategy worked wonder for the party during parliamentary election as well as assembly polls in Haryana and Maharashtra. This election they have decided to use '3D selfie' to reach maximum electorate in J&K, especially the young voters. Media incharge as well as spokesperson of BJP's J&K unit, Arun Kumar Gupta and Chaman Lal Gupta (ex-central minister) clicked selfie with Narendra Modi and started the selfie van for the assembly seats. 
  • 4th phase election notification done by Election Commission in Jammu and Kashmir. During this phase, eighteen constituencies will go to poll and the election will be held on December 18. The concerned constituencies are spread across 3 districts - Shopian, Anantnag, and Srinagar. While nomination filing for this phase ends on November 26 and the last date of withdrawing nomination is on November 29. 
  • Raj Babbar of Congress has accused BJP of spreading 'disappointment' among Kashmiris to make the entire country gloomy. He went on to say that when Kashmir smiles, entire country smiles. According to Babbar BJP is spreading disappointment intentionally so that they can not only capture J&K but also entire India automatically. 
  • Rajnath Singh Union Home minister, has started his 2-day campaigning tour in Jammu and Kashmir. He will address rallies in Ladakh, Doda, and Kishtwar. 
  • Sajjad Gani Lone's meeting with Narendra Modi has been defended by his wife Asma Khan Lone, daughter of Amanullah Khan (founder of Jammu & Kashmir Liberation Front). He said that Sajjad met Indian PM for the sake of Kashmiri people. 
  • After intel tip off about possible attacks by Pakistani intruders, terrorists, and separatists during J&K Assembly election, Indian police and security agencies took strong steps against the Hurriyat leaders. Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League of PoK has criticised this crackdown. 
  • Syed Salahuddin, Hizbul Mujahideen's supreme commander, has said that BJP will adopt any possible strategy to reach 44-Plus target. According to him, BJP is trying to acquire state power to repeal Article 370. 
  • Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, PDP Patron, has said that only his party is capable of taking BJP head-on and can defeat its divisive agenda. 
  • RSS recently said that the upcoming assembly election in Jammu and Kashmir has brought a historical opportunity before BJP to 'Indianise' the muslim-majority state. This statement has been criticised by Mohammad Yasin Malik, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front's Chairman. 
Date: 18-11-2014
  • Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, former CM and PDP patron, said that some forces are trying hard to damage distinct identity of J&K. He also emphasised that his party has the power of mobilising people and take these unholy forces head-on. Mufti said that his party has the credibility in the state that can bring all the communities together. In addition, the 'inclusive agenda' of PDP, makes his party the only credible force in J&K. 
  • During 2nd phase election of Jammu and Kashmir, 175 candidates will contest on 18 seats. Second phase election will take place on December 2nd and it will be held in 5 districts including Poonch, Kupwara, Udhampur, Reasi, and Kulgam. 
  • Subramanian Swamy of Bharatiya Janata Party has said that Jawaharlal Nehru's faults on policies created the persisting Kashmir issue. He also accused the first PM of India as 'short-sighted'. Swami went on to criticise Nehru regarding his decision of going to UN with the Kashmir issue. He alleged that Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru never consulted his cabinet while taking the issue to the UN. 
  • Suspected militants open fired and killed a PDP worker, Ghulam Mohuddin Dar, as the state goes to poll in a week's time. The incident happen in J&K's Pulwama district. 
  • Subramanian Swamy of BJP has suggested his party to settle more than ten lakh ex-servicemen in Kashmir Valley so that they can help Pandits, who were made to leave their land, get their properties back. Swamy made this comment when he was launching G D Sharma's book named Plight of Kashmir: The Unknown Files. 
  • In the last few days, a section of BJP was pressing high command to include their demand to abrogate Article 370 in their election manifesto for J&K. Indian Prime Minister is all set to start his J&K campaign on November 22 (Saturday). Just before his visit in the state, BJP as well as Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh have toned down their demand of repealing Article 370. 
  • When asked about his thoughts on repealing AFSPA, Jitendra Singh said that it is an issue of the security forces and the final call will be taken by the security agencies themselves and not by the politicians. 
  • INC got a big blow today, just before the 1st phase election, when the supposed conversation between a senior INC leader and a woman got leaked that became viral through various social media sites including Whatsapp. In the conversation, the leader asked sexual favour from a woman for ensuring job. 
  • Zafar Meraj, a renowned senior Kashmiri journalist of 'Kashmir Monitor' joined Peoples Democratic Party. He is contesting from Habba Kadal constituency. 
Date: 17-11-2014
  • Bharatiya Janata Party, always portrayed as a communal party, is trying hard to shrug off the bad name. They have not only fielded 40 per cent Muslim candidates (32 out of total 87) in J&K polls but also 1 Sikh leader, 4 Kashmiri Pandits, and 3 Buddhists. Analysts feel that BJP has given importance to the community factor while choosing candidates from different parts of Kashmir Valley, Ladakh region, and Jammu region. 
  • Avinash Rai Khanna, BJP's in-charge of J&K, has clarified his party's current stand on the contentious issue of repealing Article 370. He said that BJP in J&K will stand for what people of the state want on Jammu and Kashmir's special status issue. After apprehensions from senior NC leader Farooq Abdullah, who is in London for treatment purposes, that repealing Article 370 will lead to unrest among youths in J&K, BJP had to come clean on their current stand. It was rumored earlier that J&K BJP was going to include their age old demand in the election manifesto. Many analysts believe that by circulating such rumors, BJP tested the water on this issue. 
  • The 1st phase election is going to start on November 25. The total number of candidates who will be contesting the polls on this day is 123, among which 39 are independent candidates. Among these thirty nine candidates, three are from Ladakh region, nineteen from Jammu region, and seventeen from Kashmir region. 
  • Ground reports indicate that BJP is not getting significant response in the Kashmir Valley and this seems to be coming in the way of BJP in securing their mission of reaching or crossing the 44 seat majority limit. To do away with the pathetic past record, BJP is resorting to significant use of the local newspapers (Urdu as well as English) for reaching the predominant muslim voters in the valley. 
  • Kashmir Awami National Conference has earlier filed a plea at apex court of India to postpone assembly election in Jammu and Kashmir as the state is still recovering from the recent flood fury. However, SC has dismissed the plea. 
  • Mufti Mohammad Sayeed of PDP has said that J&K is at a crossroad where its people have to choose government in such a way that clears all kinds of political uncertainties and economic disparities.  
  • Senior leader of NC Dr Mehboob Beigh has declared that to stop BJP's juggernaut in J&K, he has quit his party and offered unconditional support to PDP. 
  • Jitendra Singh, the newly appointed MoS in Union Government, has been given the charge of J&K's Election Campaign Committee, which consists of eighteen members. 
  • INC's J&K Chief Saifuddin Soz has said that after consulting with Army Generals he feels that there is no further requirement of AFSPA in Jammu and Kashmir. 
Date: 16-11-2014
  • As the valley gears up to host Indian PM's rally on November 22, National President of BJP is all set to release election manifesto in few days.  
  • Stalwart of NC Mirza Afzal Beg's son Mehboob Beg has extended support to Mufti Mohammad Sayeed of PDP after resigning from NC.  
  • Mufti Mohammad Sayeed of PDP has said that his party will not only open Kargil-Skardu road to use the state as a bridge between the two neigbours (India and Pakistan) but also start a bus service to connect people living in two sides of the border, if comes to power. 
  • BJP's Subramanyam Swamy has called INC Leader P Chidambaram's statement to amend AFSPA during Lok Sabha's winter season as idiotic.  
  • Two hundred and nine candidates have filed nominations in eighteen seats, where polls will be held on December 2.  
  • Ghulam Nabi Azad, former CM of J&K and senior INC leader, has asked electorate not to vote in favour of divisive forces who are trying to divide people of the state in the name of religion. He said that these forces are trying to gain some extra votes by polarising the state.  
  • Current CM of Jammu Kashmir Omar Abdullah has brought in the issue of AFSPA and said that P Chidambaram was in favour of repealing the Act. He also said that PC always supported Omar on the question of repealing Armed Forces Special Powers Act during the last government at centre. 
  • VK Singh, retired General of Army and MoS for External Affairs, has said that the separatists must have faith in India and should initiate talks with Indian Government.  
  • Though ex-CM of Jammu and Kashmir, Farooq Abdullah, is in London for treatment, he is forced to give statement when he came to know about BJP's plan to introduce their age long demand of repealing Article 370 in their election manifesto. Current Chief Minister's father has called it a sinister plan of repealing special status given to Jammu and Kashmir by Article 370. Farooq has said that BJP is resorting to divisive politics in J&K, as they are doing in other parts of India. On one hand, they are talking to former separatist leaders and on the other hand, trying to repeal Article 370 so that the younger minds start agitating. Therefore, this will never bring peace in the valley. 
  • Controversial agenda of BJP to repeal Article 370 from the Indian Constitution may be included in their election manifesto. However, many members of BJP have already shown their displeasure on the issue as its mention itself has sparked strong statements from within the party. Hina Bhat, BJP candidate from Amira Kadal seat, has reportedly said that inclusion of this issue in the manifesto will again make the Kashmiri population pick up guns. Ghulam Nabi Dar, contesting from Homeshalibugh constituency, firmly said that he will not do his level best to stop his party from including abrogation of Article 370 in BJP's election manifesto. 
Date: 15-11-2014
  • Narendra Modi, numero uno of BJP, is all set to address rallies in J&K. He will address ten rallies spread over various dates including November 22 and November 30. These rallies are expected to give extra needed impetus to BJP in reaching Mission 44+.  
  • Saifuddin Soz of Congress has claimed that there are practically no BJP or Modi magic. He also said that everything Bharatiya Janata Party is doing is as per the instructions of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.  
  • At the end of nomination filing for 2nd phase election one hundred and thirteen candidates have filed nomination from nine constituencies.  
  • As J&K prepares to go for assembly election, Union Minister Jitendra Singh made serious allegations against Jammu and Kashmir administration. He said that the state administration ignored the Met department's report.  
  • Ghulam Nabi Azad's home turf Bhaderwah seat doesn't look to be safe for INC this assembly election. Ground reports indicate that anti-incumbency factor is working strong in the seat. In addition, Modi's development slogan is catching up imagination of general populace, which makes it that more difficult for Congress this assembly election.  
  • BSF has issued threat perceptions on possible terror attack on paramilitary forces stationed in J&K as well as politicians, especially in the southern districts of Kashmir during election. It is reported that BSF has also submitted a report to Ajit Doval, NSA of India, that Chinese troops have been found giving training to soldiers of Pakistan in PoK. 
  • Notification for 3rd phase election has been issued in Jammu and Kashmir by EC today. In this phase of the 5-phase poll in J&K, election will be held in sixteen assembly seats. The districts where this election will be held include Pulwama, Budgam, and Baramulla. 
Date: 14-11-2014
  • Narendra Modi seems to be targeting Congress turf as he is all set to deliver speech on November 22 in Kishtwar district. Ramban, Kishtwar, and Doda districts happened to be strong areas of INC, where the party won five out of the six constituencies. Indian Prime Minister will be visiting J&K for the fourth time. 
  • While addressing rallies in Banihal and Reasi, Ghulam Nabi Azad of INC hit back at the controversial demand of some political parties regarding religion of the chosen Chief minister of J&K. It is reported that while some parties vouched for Muslim CM, other vouched for Hindu CM. Azad claimed that J&K needs a secular Chief Minister, who may belong to any religion. However, Azad added that the concerned person's heart should beat for the poor. 
  • In Ramban and Banihal segments of Jammu and Kashmir will go to polls on November 25. Fourteen candidates are contesting the election from these areas. There are around 1,63,964 registered electorate from these segments. In the Ramban district, the total number of polling stations is 261, among which sixty five have been demarcated as normal, one hundred sixty eight sensitive, and twenty eight hyper sensitive. 
  • Mirwaiz Umar Farooq led All Parties Hurriyat Conference rubbished reports, circulated in social media sites, that he is going to contest the upcoming election. 
  • Swami Agnivesh has said that repealing Article 370 of the Indian Constitution is not possible. He went on to issue statement that no government, whether the present government at centre or any one henceforth, can abrogate J&K's special status. 
  • Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, patron of PDP, welcomed the political leaders who joined his party after defecting from different other parties. While Peerzada Abdul Hamid, Ghulam Qadir Tak from NC joined PDP, Chaudhary Garu Ram of INC also joined PDP. 
  • Syed Ali Gilani, the Hurriyet leader, has regarded Machil verdict by Army Court is nothing but shame and also referred it as a ploy done by Narendra Modi government. 
Date: 13-11-2014
  • Shangus MLA of Jammu and Kasmir and PDP leader Peerzada Mansoor has said that has stirred a controversy by saying that only a muslim candidate can become Chief Minister of the state because it is a muslim-majority state. However, PDP distanced itself from Mansoor's statement quickly. 
  • BJP sources have revealed that the Prime Minister of India and numero uno of BJP will address rallies in J&K on November 21 and November 22. While he will deliver his speech in Srinagar and Ganderbal districts on the first day, he will speak in Jammu region the following day. 
  • Rajnath Singh, Union Home Minister of India, has said during a function in Gurgaon that more central forces will be deployed in both the poll bound states, if the need be, for ensuring normalcy during election. 
  • With Jammu and Kashmir's election at the door steps, Home minister Rajnath Singh has suggested improvement of the 'Udaan' scheme, started by the erstwhile government, for generating more employment of the J&K youths in the corporate sector. 
  • After insurgency, it is time for the Pakistani Rangers to pump bullets to this side of the border to give support to the separatists and also disrupt the upcoming polls. 
  • National Congress's Omar Abdullah asked his partner in the state government INC not to accuse NC for backwardness of J&K in many areas. He also said that congress should analyse its own role too. 
  • Absence of a prominent leader in J&K may hurt BJP's prospects in the state. 
  • BJP is planning to hold a rally at the oldest city of Srinagar, sources reveal. 
Date: 12-11-2014
  • India TV-CVoter opinion poll has predicted a hung assembly for Jammu and Kashmir, where PDP is expected to become the single largest party by winning anything from 27 to 33 seats, falling well short of the majority mark in the 87 seat assembly. BJP is expected to throw a big challenge to the other established parties of J&K as it is expected to win anything from 23 to 29 seats. 
  • BJP has appealed the separatist groups of Jammu and Kashmir to join mainstream politics and become a part of the grand development effort of Narendra modi, PM of India. The statement comes after a day ex-separatist leader Sajjad Lone met Modi. 
  • While talking on BJP's plans for J&K assembly election, Union Minister Jitendra Singh has not only said that their initial plan is to get more than 44 seats but also stressed that the controversial Article 370 issue is in BJP's agenda till date. 
  • General secretary of BJP, Ram Madhav has shown confidence of winning 44+ seats inspite of the opinion poll pointing otherwise. He also said that his party will win J&K election with a landslide. He also made scathed attack on the sexist statement done by INC leader Yousuf Bhat and called the statement unfortunate. 
  • Mohd Yusuf Bhat of INC has stirred a controversy by including the cost he incurred while marrying of his daughter in the liabilities column while filing nomination. 
  • Defection before the J&K assembly election has become a daily incidence, it seems. Both PDP and NC welcomed people from rival parties. While NC welcomed former PDP leader Sheikh Ghulam Mohiuddin, PDP welcomed former National Conference leader Mohammad Amin Mir. 
  • Two cable network television channels have been banned by Election Officer of Ramban district after confirmation of the complaints that they were working in favour of political parties. 
  • On December 7, BSP's Mayawati will address rallies in Jammu. 
Date: 11-11-2014
  • BJP extended its hands towards Sajjad Lone last month by sending its two top rung leaders Ram Madhav and J.P. Nadda. Now, the former separatist leader Sajid Lone, who has floated his new political outfit People's Conference after severing ties with Hurriyat, has met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, just before Jammu and Kashmir goes to poll. Though Lone himself told media that he discussed on various issues of development in J&K, political analysts believe that he consulted BJP numero uno on possibilities of tie-up and his becoming Chief Minister of J&K, if BJP alliance secures 44+ seats. The ex-separatist leader also made announcement that his party will contest the upcoming poll on its own. 
  • Congress has regarded meeting between Narendra Modi and Sajjad Lone as sheer 'political opportunism' because they regarded this meeting a discussion of possible tie-up between the two parties, where one party is headed by a former separatist leader. To achieve the unthinkable 44+ mark, BJP is not shying away from partnering with the Kashmiri leaders, including ex-separatist leader. 
  • Congress has formed a campaign committee that included all the senior leaders of the state. This committee comprises twenty eight members and it is headed by Ghulam Nabi Azad. Some of the other important names in the campaign committee are Muzaffar Parrey Madan Lal Sharma, Jehangier Mir, Janak Raj Gupta, Thakur Hari Singh, and many more. After faring poorly during Lok Sabha election, J&K INC has decided to face the voters alone. 
  • After ruling the state for full one term, current CM of J&K and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah has asked voters of Jammu and Kashmir to vote in favour of his party and give it a majority so that they can usher in a new wave of development (including youth empowerment and economic development) in the state. 
  • Durga Das, sitting MLA from Hiranagar constituency and former BJP candidate, was denied ticket because of his connection with cash for vote scam in the year 2011. Disgruntled Das has now joined Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party. He accused BJP of using all 7 expelled MLAs during 2014 Lok Sabha election to assume power. 
  • Prospects of PDP sweeping the J&K assembly election has become feeble. During May 2014 parliamentary election PDP snatched all the three seats. However, after flood it seems the PDP juggernaut has stopped because many accuse both PDP and NC of not doing enough for the suffering people in the valleys. 
  • While addressing a rally in South Kashmir's Devsar, Rajya Sabha's Leader of Opposition and senior INC leader has asked voters to vote overwhelmingly for his party to implement pro-development efforts. He also asserted that it is INC alone that can meet expectations of people when it comes to flood affected areas. 
  • Ramban district in J&K goes to poll on November 25. Election will be held in two hundred and eighteen polling stations. Election Commission has sent three hundred and twenty seven EVMs, as per the requirements in the two constituencies of the state. 
Date: 10-11-2014
  • People's Democratic Party's president Mehbooba Mufti has asked Kishtwar constituency's people not to waste their important votes on National Conference as she feels NC is already finished. 
  • Killing of two young boys, Faisal Yusuf (14 years) and Mehrajuddin Dar (20 years), in Kashmir has raised the long time demand of Kasmiris of repealing Armed Forces' Special Powers Act, which they call draconian. Many political analysts believe that this is going to be a major aspirations of Kasmiris during poll bound J&K. 
  • While addressing a rally in Bandipora constituency, Omar Abdullah has spoken in favour of political resolution of Kashmir. He not only asked people to vote for the National Conference candidate but also asked them to give decisive mandate in favour of a single political party for J&K's prosperity. 
  • Government of India has decided to field thirty eight thousand central paramilitary forces during J&K polls, starting from November 25. 
  • Ajatshatru Singh, younger son of INC leader Karan Singh, has joined Bharatiya Janata Party in presence of senior party leaders Amit Shah, Avinash Rai Khanna, Ram Madhav, Jitendra Singh, and Dharmendra Pradhan. 
  • Jagdish Raj Sapolia, disgruntled BJP leader as well as sitting Member of Legislative Assembly from Basohli seat, has defected to INC just before the state goes to poll because he was denied ticket by BJP and not even communicated the reason of denial. 
  • Jammu Kashmir's civil secretariat in Kashmir was closed on October 30 for six months. During this period the secretariat will operate from Jammu. Current CM Omar Abdullah got his final guard of honour in the current assembly today. His government's term ends on January 19. 
  • Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, PDP's patron, has played the minority card in the only muslim-majority state in India, Jammu and Kashmir. During a rally Mufti accused the current National Conference led government of failng to empower every ethnic/religious minority in the state. He stressed that PDP will ensure adequate representation from minorities, if assumes power, so that the fringe communities also get politically empowered. He talked in favour of a system that will bring in development of all regions equally.  
Date: 09-11-2014
  • Mohammad Shafi Bhat's, former NC leader of J&K, daughter Hina Bhat has been nominated as the BJP candidate of Amira Kadal seat. She left her medical profession to do social work some years back.  
  • Six 'crorepati' ministers have got nominations again to contest the 1st phase of J&K election. Nazir Ahmad Khan of NC has Rs 2.12 crore of declared assets, which has risen from a paltry Rs 12.73 lakh during 2008 assembly election. It is an increase of 1,565 per cent. The other crorepati ministers are Sajad Ahmad Kitchloo (Minister of State for Home), Mian Altaf Ahmad (Forest Minister), Mohammad Akbar Lone (Education Minister), Doda Abdul Majid Wani (Roads and Buildings Minister), and Nawang Rigzin Jora (Housing and Urban Development Minister). 
  • A new twist to the tale in Jammu and Kashmir politics has been witnessed. INC leader Karan Singh's son Ajatshatru Singh has announced to join BJP. The saffron party believes that Ajatshatru's joining BJP will boost its chances in winning J&K election. Interstingly, elder son of the veteran INC leader - Vikramaditya Singh - has also joined People's Democratic Party recently.  
  • Many have sneered at BJP's ambitious target of 44+ in the only muslim-majority state in India. However, many political analysts have pointed out that this may not be that much of a problem for the saffron party as it is looking forward to win around 32 seats of its own in J&K. In Jammu itself BJP is expecting to win 25 seats, 3 constituencies in Ladakh, and 4 Acs in Kashmir. Analysts point out that BJP may take help of the newly formed smaller parties or independents to reach the magic number. 
  • Second phase of election notifications have been done in Jammu and Kashmir. The 2nd phase will be held on December 2, 2014 and eighteen constituencies will go to poll on this date, which are spread across Poonch, Udhampur, Reasi, Kulgam, and Kupwara districts. November 14 is the last date of nomination filing.  
  • Union Government has announced that large numbers of central paramilitary forces will be deployed in both Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir to ensure free and fair elections. These paramilitary forces will include Central Industrial Security Force, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Border Security Force, and Central Reserve Police Force. The total number of central forces to be deployed will include 51,700 personnel, per available information. While 381 companies will be deployed in J&K, 136 companies will be sent to Jharkhand.  
Date: 08-11-2014
  • PDP has accused National Conference government of undertaking faulty development measures that led to the underdeveloped situation of J&K. Mufti Mohammed Sayeed has assured people in the state that an overall development policy will be followed by his party, if they assume power after completion of the upcoming assembly election.  
  • After intel tip-off Jaish-e-Muhammad's top commander has been arrested J&K's Sopore town. Locating one of the top separatist leaders in the town just before the polls in suspicious and the administration is regarding this as a prized catch, at least for the time being. 
  • Akbar Lone of NC has said that his current government tried to provide as much employment as possible to the youths of J&K. Though they provided employment opportunities for thousands of people, more efforts have to be given for creating more job opportunities.  
  • Ghulam Nabi Azad, INC leader, has claimed that many BJP leaders who were denied tickets have approached INC and want to defect to INC.  
  • National Conference leader Sheikh Ghulam Rasool has deserted the party and joined PDP, just before the state goes to poll. After abrupt ending of the twenty years of association with NC, Omar Abdullah has regarded him as an opportunist as well as 'dead wood'.  
  • Just before the crucial Jammu and Kashmir election, BJP has given a warm welcome to its expelled leader Chaman Lal Gupta. He was earlier expelled from BJP because of his involvement in cash for vote scam in the year 2011. 
  • Mehbooba Mufti, Chief of PDP, has declared with conviction that change of the current National Conference ruled government is certain because the current government has done nothing for its people in J&K.  
  • As informed by the intel agencies, terrorist activities has increased just before Jammu and Kashmir is going to poll. He first phase of election is going to hold on November 25 and on November 8 the terror groups have ambushed CRPF convoy in the state. The injured troopers have been hospitalised.  
  • Nationalist Congress Party's chief in Jammu and Kashmir, Randir Singh, has stressed upon unequal development in three regions of J&K. He blamed the last few few governments about creating such a wedge among the three regions. According to Singh, whether it is employment or development, there is a huge void created due to unequal distribution. 
  • Avinash Rai Khanna, J&K's incharge of BJP and Member of Parliament, has told media that people of the state are keeping their faith on BJP this time because all other major political parties have shattered their trust.  
  • It is reported that Ram Madhav of BJP is trying to forge alliance with People's United Front, which is also called Third Front in Jammu Kashmir. 
  • Congress has made serious allegations against BJP. INC has accused the ruling party at center of trying to forge alliance with the separatist outfits of J&K for electoral gains and regarded it as betrayal to the nation. Salman Khurshid made these allegations on the basis of the statements given by Kiren Rijiju of BJP. 
Date: 07-11-2014
  • Bharatiya Janata Party has based its Jammu and Kashmir campaign on two planks: development and normalcy of general life at Kashmir Valley. That's why their latest slogan is 'Chalo chalein Modi ji ke saath, chalo badlein Jammu-Kashmir ke haalaat' (Let's go with Modi and let's change condition of Jammu-Kashmir). 
  • BJP leaders are also stressing upon the fact that they will try to reap benefit from the ground works done by RSS in the last 20 years. 
  • Avinash Rai Khanna of BJP, who is in charge of J&K, has announced that his party's star campaigner for upcoming polls will be none other than Narendra Modi. According to the announcement Indian PM will campaign for his party candidates in both Kashmir and Jammu regions. 
  • To accomplish 'Mission 44-plus' target during J&K assembly election BJP has stressed upon fielding candidates from two communities - Kashmiri Hindu Pandits and Kashmiri Muslims. 
  • Second phase of election notification has been done by Election Commission. The second phase of election in Jammu and Kashmir will be held on December 2. In this phase polling will be held in eighteen constituencies. 
  • INC has announced names of 69 candidates for the upcoming J&K election. Though there were initial reports that many INC leaders are going to desert the party before the polls, nothing happened similar to that. There were almost no surprises as the party gave tickets to most of the sitting MLAs. 
  • Ghulam Nabi Azad, INC MP and former CM of Jammu and Kashmir recounted his tenure in the state and stressed upon the fact that the air of hopelessness was done away with during his time. In fact, he claimed the first slew of development initiatives were taken during his 2006-2008 tenure. 
  • Apex court of India has announced that Model Code of Conduct imposed due to upcoming assembly election in J&K will not come in the way of flood relief operations. 
  • There has been an increase of 72 lakh voters in the last few months, from the time of Lok Sabha election. This amounts to a rise of 2.7 per cent new voters. 
Date: 06-11-2014
  • Some separatist outfits are using Budgam killings as an agenda to spread anti-India sentiments in Jammu and Kashmir and also encourage politics of hatred. 
  • Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati has declared that her party will contest solo during upcoming J&K election.  
  • Massive campaign will be carried out in Jammu and Kashmir to encourage more and more voters to exercise their franchise during J&K election.  
  • AMM or Awami Mutahida Mahaz is known as the third front in Jammu and Kashmir. It has released names of its candidates, to contest in ten seats. Some of the important names in the list include Yousuf Tarigami of CPIM (Kulgam), Hakeem Mohammad Yaseen of Peoples Democratic Forum (Khansahib), Amrit Varsa of Samajwadi Party (Chenani), Abdul Rashid Pandith of CPI (Shopian), and others. 
  • Due to ill health, Dr Farooq Abdullah, father of current J&K CM Omar Abdullah, will not be able to campaign for the party candidates. Per Omar's version, his father will undergo an operation in London. 
  • As reports pour in about possible terror strike across Jammu and Kashmir during upcoming J&K polls, senior officers of police and intel agencies met to take stock of the current situation as well as the arrangements done in the valley.  
  • Killing of two youths have become a note of contention between the political parties and Army, it seems. Again the need of repealing AFSPA has been felt on Kashmir Valley. Communist Party of India (Marxist) has asked for arrest as well as prosecution of the Army personnel who gunned down the innocent schoolboys unnecessarily.  
  • Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, patron of PDP, has said that there are enough justified reasons for the people of Kashmir to get agitated by the recent twin killings of youths by Indian Army. 
  • Mehbooba Mufti of PDP has said in Ramban that the secular identity of J&K should be preserved and it should be done by her party. Mehbooba went on to say that this time it is a direct contest between PDP and Bharatiya Janata Party. She alleged BJP of using 'negative tactics'.  
Date: 05-11-2014
  • Ram Madhav, senior BJP leader, has confessed that he had met separatist leader of Kashmir, Sajjad Lone. When asked about BJP's possible alliance with People's Conference, he didn't rule out the possibility and said that his party is willing to ally with any political party which is determined to end the family-oriented hegemony. BJP also extended hands to some other fringe political parties in J&K such as Democratic Party's Ghulam Hassan Mir and People's Democratic Front's Hakeem Mohammad Yasin. 
  • As the family of the slain youths by Indian Army call the act 'cold-blooded murder', both National Conference and People's Democratic Party condemn the brutal act. When Mehbooba Mufti was approached she said that Rashtriya Rifles's jawans should have shot tyre of the car intead of killing the youths because that's the procedure of combating insurgency. She also urged Indian PM to stop unaccounted killings in the valley. Omar Abdullah of NC also condemned the act by saying that this kind of incident not only downplay the good acts done by Army during flood relief operations but also foments the otherwise peaceful condition of the state. 
  • Jammu and Kashmir's first phase of election will be held on November 25 and November 5 is the last date of nomination filing for the first phase. 
  • 4 more candidate names announced by BJP and they are Abdul Aziz (Kargil), Sheik Rashid (Ganderbal), Abdul Rehman Tekri (Bandipora), and Sianzin Lakpa (Zanskar). 
  • Intelligence reports point out that there are high chances of terror attacks during polls in J&K. Election rallies of different political parties may also become target of the militants. 
  • Saifuddin Soz of Congress said that he will ask people to vote in favour of Congress. He also revealed that INC faced many problems while dealing with National Conference on various issues during on-going coalition. 
Date: 04-11-2014
  • In J&K's Sopore area, militants attacked CRPF bunker to create tension so that the polling during Jammu and Kashmir's assembly election doesn't go smoothly. 
  • Jammu and Kashmir Government's Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has asked Election Commission to ensure a time bound probe into the firing incident to pacify the angst of Kashmiris over the killing of youths in the Valley, especially before the state goes to poll.  
  • Curfew is imposed on the day of Muharram in J&K's Budgam district after the twin killing. A major political ruckus has started over the incident as this untoward incident has given resource to anti-India forces to instigate Kashmiris against India.  
  • Defence Minister as well as Indian Army has regretted killing of the two Kashmiri youths, as the incident has created tension in the poll bound state. However, initial available reports point out that personnel of Indian military were forced to fire gun shots at the vehicle carrying the slain youths because the Maruti 800 car broke three check points and didn't stop even after repeated calls.  
  • Two civilian deaths from Army firing just before the assembly election has raised tension in India's paradise - Jammu and Kashmir. Tension in the state soared after Hurriyet leaders condemned the firing by Indian Army, increasing anti-Indian sentiments in the troubled state.  
  • To reach 44+ mission in J&K, BJP has dropped 7 MLAs, to keep the candidate list clean. The 7 MLAs were involved in cross voting during MLC election of 2011.  
  • PDP's Mehbooba Mufti has said that it is her party which took initiative and helped in restoration of talks with separatist Hurriyat leaders as well as Pakistan for bringing normalcy in the northern most state of India. However, when it comes to other major political forces - BJP and Congress - both of them are more or less same when it comes to the issue of Kashmir. Some individuals such as Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh did take initiatives but those were individual initiatives rather than their party's policies. Mehbooba also accused BJP of trying to make sectarian divide among muslim populace in Kashmir.  
  • Ganderbal constituency, which goes to poll on November 25, has assumed significance after Omar Abdullah deserted the family constituency. Till now three nominations have been filed and they are Mohammad Yousuf Bhat of INC and two independent candidates - Javaid Ahmad Khan and Sheikh Ghulam Ahmad Saloori.  
  • Indian Intelligence agencies have informed union government about Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed's plans of disrupting J&K assembly polls. To materialise the plan, he has shifted the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba's training camp to POK's Muzaffarabad. 
  • Peoples' Democratic Party, the main opposition in the current assembly, has announced name of eleven candidates in the first list released. 
  • Jammu and Kashmir BJP has released names of 45 nominees in their first list. Lal Singh, who defected from Congress to BJP, has become the BJP candidate from Basohli Assembly constituency. The final list was prepared after more than 3 hours of discussion, where the meeting was attended by Narendra Modi and his lieutenant Amit Shah. Interestingly, eleven candidates in the list belong to muslim community, unprecedented in the last few elections. 
  • NDA constituent Lok Janshakti Party is all set to contest in different seats of J&K assembly independently and not along with BJP, reports indicate. 
  • Current J&K CM Omar Abdullah's deserting of family seat Ganderbal has become an election issue as PDP has started criticising National Conference on this issue. However, NC is also returning vocal volley on the issue. 
  • People's Democratic Party is trying to highlight regional discrimination issue to influence voters in Jammu. PDP has also raised 'secularism' issue to attract Hindu voters in this region. 
Date: 02-11-2014
  • Indian intelligence agencies have provided information about probable plan of shell attack from Pakistan side to disrupt polling in 650 polling stations situated near the international border areas. This is why decision has been taken to relocate these polling stations for avoiding any kind of disruption. 
  • Though there are numerous tip-offs about violence, infiltration, and probable disturbances to be created by separatists and Pakistan agents, there will be a 17 per cent fall in deployment of central paramilitary forces before the important assembly election as compared to 2008 election. 
  • National Conference has nominated its senior leader Late Sheikh Abdul Jabbar's son Sheikh Ashfaq Jabbar to contest Ganderbal seat from where Omar's grandfather Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah and father Farooq Abdullah contested earlier. 
  • Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party has announced candidates for Hiranagar, Kathua, Billawar, and Bani assembly constituencies. 
  • Sham Lal Sharma has shaken the political fraternity in Jammu and Kashmir by asking to select a Chief Minister from Hindu community. Some political analysts believe that INC has played the Hindu card as many ground reports show that Congress may loss humiliatingly in constituencies having sizeable Hindu population.  
  • Mehbooba Mufti, President of PDP, has said that in the upcoming election her party will mainly contest with BJP because the latter is expected to win 18 to 20 seats during the election. Mehbooba also criticised Omar Abdullah for deserting his family seat, especially during troubled times of his party. 
  • BJP is in the process of selecting the candidates who will contest the upcoming J&K assembly election.  
  • Ram Madhav, General Secretary of BJP and RSS ideologue, has visited Kashmir Valley for second time in the last two months for increasing BJP's chances to win most number of seats. 
  • Current Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah during two party meetings of National Conference said that this time he will not be contesting from Ganderbal, his family bastion, and every constituency in J&K is dear to him because he wants to serve equitably as well as sincerely. Omar will contest from Beerwah and Sonwar assembly constituencies. 
  • Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi of BJP has attacked Omar Abdullah's decision of not contesting from Ganderbal by saying Omar is afraid of public's ire against his government for failing to keep promises done earlier. Election in this constituency will be held on November 25, first day of the 5-phase election. 
  • On October 31, National Conference announced its fourth list of candidates, which consisted names of twenty two party candidates. 
  • BJP makes its way into Muslim community's religious leaders of the state, who have considerable say among general muslim population in J&K. Imaam Ikhlaq Ahmed Nakshabani, a muslim cleric from Nowshera-Lam praised Narendra Modi for his developmental works during his appearance in public function organized by BJP. He also called Bharatiya Janata Party as a 'secular party'. 
  • J&K's BJP unit has played Sikh card before the upcoming poll by praising Indian PM Narendra Modi's announcement of relief package for the victims of bloody riots of 1984, who were denied justice in the last thirty years.  
Date: 31-10-2014
  • In the border district Khatua, seventy Voter Facilitation Counters along with hundred Model Polling Stations were opened before J&K assembly poll. 
  • As precautionary measure, state administration has decided to relocate 125 polling stations located along the international border. 
  • J&K administration is gearing up security arrangements in the state, especially before the polls. After the arrest of separatist leader Yasin Malik, many more separatists are arrested as a precautionary measure for maintaining normal law and order situation. 
  • In Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir, there are 163,974 registered electorates, among which 75,445 are female. This district's 218 polling stations go to poll on November 25. 
  • J&K BJP released All-In-One-Number (7304473044) to reach maximum number of voters in least time possible and that's too in an innovative way. People can call up this number and give suggestion or even lodge complaint. 

Date: 30-10-2014

  • Separatist group Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front’s leader Muhammad Yasin Malik was taken into protective custody by J&K police after he asked Kashmiris to boycott the upcoming assembly elections.
  • For promoting tolerance, peace, and creation of conducive environment for Kashmiris to determine their own future, Jammu Kashmir International Peoples Alliance was formed. This new alliance will speak for Kashmiri people living in J&K and Pak-Occupied Kashmir. This alliance was formed against the ‘Million March’ protest of pro-Pakistani groups.
  • Ambika Soni, General Secretary of AICC, has said that Rahul Gandhi will be the star campaigner in J&K. She also said that INC will contest all the assembly seats of Jammu and Kashmir.
  • The first candidate name list was released by the Congress. This list consists of 15 candidate names. To see candidate list click here.
  • National Conference is finding it tough to find a safe seat for the current Chief Minister of J&K, Omar Abdullah. The probable constituencies are Sonawar and Ganderbal.
  • In an interesting turning of events, former National Conference leaders joined Peoples Democratic Party. The former NC leaders who joined its rival party are Abdul Ahad Tantray, Dr Gazzanfar Ali, Mohammad Abdulla Sofi, Qadir Chaloo, Gulzar Ahmad Wani, Dr Abdul Gani, and Ghulam Nabi Bhat.
Date: 29-10-2014

  • J&K unit of Bharatiya Janata Party has finalised committee for managing as well as campaigning during the upcoming 5-phase state election. While Sat Sharma will be the secretary, Dr Nirmal Singh is the President of the committee.
  • The upcoming assembly election is going to be a multi-dimensional battle among most of the established political parties of the state because most of them are going solo this time. The main contenders will be National Conference, PDP, NCP, and BJP. However, INC is still silent about its strategy.
  • Most of the main political parties of J&K have not yet decided upon the candidates for 87 assembly seats of the state.
  • Shakeel Ahmed Beig, DIG Police of Jammu-Kathua range, has said that the police force is completely equipped and well prepared to conduct free and fair election. Setting up of Quick Reaction Teams have also been announced by the DIG.
  • For strengthening the security grid, 520 companies or more than 50,000 of para-military personnel will be deployed in Jammu and Kashmir during polls. The paramilitary personnel will be from RPF, CISF, SSB, ITBP, BSF, and CRPF.
  • BJP in J&K has decided to woo young voters by using social media channels for replicating recent electoral successes of Haryana and Maharashtra.
  • BJP has targeted the current NC government of J&K by saying that the ministers disappeared during flood relief operations.
  • Mufti Mohammad Sayeed of PDP said that 2014 assembly election of J&K is going to be a watershed moment in formation of a stable and sustainable government.
  • CPIM has said that J&K needs a leader who helps in rehabilitating flood affected people.
Date: 28-10-2014

  • Jammu and Kashmir election will be held in 5 phases, starting on November 25 and ending on December 20, 2014.The other dates are December 2, December 9, and December 14. Counting will take place on December 23.
  • As Per ECI directives, the polling will take place in the designated polling station on the concerned dates from 8am to 4pm.
  • Security personnel to the extent of 565 companies have been sought by the Jammu and Kashmir government during polls.
  • On November 25, voting will take place for 15 assembly segments, spread over 7 districts. The constituencies are Ganderbal, Kangan, Sonawari, Bandipora, Gurez, Inderwal, Kishtwar, Zanskar, Kargil, Leh, Nobra, Banihal, Ramban, Bhaderwah, and Doda.
  • This assembly election will witness yet another multi-cornered contest as BJP has already announced its decision of contesting it solo. They will field 87 candidates in all the constituencies of J and K.
  • INC seems to be in a dilemma and not yet decided upon any kind of alliance. They are expected to announce their candidates in the coming one or two days time.
Last Updated on October 30, 2014


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