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Lok Sabha elections: Baramulla records over 7.60 per cent polling in first two hours | India News – Times of India

SRINAGAR: More than 7.60 percent of the 17.37 lakh electorate exercised their franchise in the first two hours of polling in the Baramulla Lok Sabha constituency in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday, officials said here. An official of the election department said polling was going on smoothly across the Lok Sabha constituency which comprises 18 assembly segments and is spread over four districts of Baramulla, Bandipora, Kupwara and Budgam.In the delimitation exercise carried out in Jammu and Kashmir in 2022, three assembly segments -- two from Budgam and one in Kupwara -- were added to the old Baramulla Lok Sabha constituency. National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah, People's Conference president Sajad Gani Lone and jailed head of Awami Ittehad Party (AIP) Sheikh Abdul Rashid alias ...
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‘Babu raj’, ‘poor governance’, anger — why Baramulla will likely come out to vote in large numbers

Baramulla: 45-year-old Rifat has never voted in her life. She moved to Delhi five years ago to work, but this time she has travelled back home, especially to cast her vote. Her reason — first step to bring an end to “babu raj in Kashmir” and ensure “voice of Kashmiris reaches Parliament.”As Baramulla votes 20 May, for the first time since the abrogation of Article 370 in 2019, the lack of political representation and need to replace ‘babu raj’ with a chief minister is resonating on the ground as a collective demand. Besides this, pressing concerns, such as electricity shortages, high bills due to smart meters, limited ration and unemployment, also figure prominently in the discussions leading-up to the polls. With over 17 lakh voters, this parliamentary constituency — encompassing Kupwa...
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The roar of ‘Sher’: Sheikh Abdullah’s legacy, symbolism abound in Kashmir poll campaign | India News – Times of India

BARAMULLA: More than 40 years since his passing, Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah still in some sense shapes the narrative here: his sobriquet 'Sher-e-Kashmir' being remodelled and used as a slogan, his ideals invoked to propagates unity and his spirit presented as a potent symbol of Kashmiri identity and resilience. As one observes electioneering in this parliamentary constituency, it becomes evident that the slogan "Sher aaya" has emerged as a powerful battle cry not only for the National Conference -- the party Abdullah founded -- but also for its rivals to present their candidates as popular, strong, kingly and invincible. The constituency is gearing up for an intense electoral showdown in the fifth phase of elections on May 20. Its nearly 17.32 lakh voters will decide the fate of 23 cand...