Only 78 People Turn Up For BJP Rally In Kashmir
There were reportedly more security personnel guarding the venue, than people participating in the rally.
Only 78 people turned up for the maiden Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rally in Rafiabad area, situated in north Kashmir on Sunday.
Incidentally, more security personnel were guarding the venue, than people participating in the rally, reported Sameer Yasir for Firstpost.
Mohammed Maqbool War is contesting from there on a BJP ticket. He lives three kilometres from the rally in Rohama area of Rafiabad. Referring to the people present at the rally War reportedly said, “These are the only people who have security and are ready to come in front of the camera.”
As per reports, BJP leader Nirmal Singh said Pakistan has always supported “terrorism” in Kashmir and never tried to have a dialogue with India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was not mentioned much, Atal Bihari Vajpayee was invoked instead.
The BJP has fielded a candidate for all the seats in Jammu and Kashmir, after receiving the highest vote share in 2014. Three BJP candidates are up for election in the Kashmir Valley.
In Jammu, Minister Dr Jitendra Singh is running again from Udhampur. However, poll experts claim he may not have as comfortable a lead as he did last time. In 2014, he defeated Congress stalwart Ghulam Nabi Azad by a margin of 60,976 votes. BJP leader Jugal Kishore Sharma is in the fray for re-election from the Jammu seat. He won the seat by a record 2.26 lakh votes in 2014 elections.
This time, however, he faces a tough challenge as Lal Singh, a former BJP leader who founded his own party, is in the direct contest against him.
In the hilly northern state, BJP has realised that the ongoing crackdown against separatists and militants, and the stance of looking at Kashmir only from the point of view of security, has pushed people against the wall, reports Firstpost.
Party leaders are thus talking about Atal Bihari Vajpayee, gas connections, Mudra Schemes and the One Rank One Pension scheme. Jammu is the BJP’s main electoral base in the state. The party can pull thousands of people for its rallies there. In Kashmir, BJP has to suffice with 78 people at gatherings such as the one in Rafiabad.