The campaigning for Lok Sabha elections in this frontier district of Kupwara is at a peak and political parties are focusing mainly on rural areas.
District is part of Kupwara-Baramulla parliamentaryconstituency and here the voting will be held on April 11. It has five assemblyconstituencies with a total electorate of 4,41,075. In last Parliamentaryelections, the seat was won by People Democratic Party.
The last assembly election saw Peoples Conference winning ontwo seats (Kupwara and Handwara). Peoples Democratic Party two (Lolab and Karnah) while Langate seat was won by Er Rashid.
"In our areas the campaign for Lok Sabha elections is goingon since last more a month," AkhterAhmad, a resident of Laderwan told Greater Kashmir. "Representatives ofall major political parties visited our village and asked for votes."
Poll campaign is in full swing in villages like Guriyal,Meellyal, Harie, Chowkibal, Tumna, Ramhall belt and so many other areas.
The campaign has also picked up in border towns of Machil,Keran and Karnah located near Line of Control, which remain land locked formore than six months in a year due accumulation of snow.
"The campaign is going on in my areas," member parliament,and PDP leader, Mir Fayaz told Greater Kashmir. "We expect good turnout than2014 Lok Sabha elections."
Fayaz said that they are carrying out Halqa wise meeting towoo voters. "We are also carrying out door to door campaign," he said addingthat party functionaries have been deputed to Karnah, Machil and other borderareas for campaigning.
The leaders and representatives of People's Conference whichhas made major inroads in the past five years in Kupwara district is alsocampaigning across the district. Even its chairman Sajad Lone addressed a rallyat Karnah. He is the first leader who addressed the rally at the place afterLok Sabha election dates were announced.
National Conference senior leader and former minister, MirSaifullah said that campaign is drawing a very positive response from thepeople . "My focus is rural as well asurban areas," Saifullah told Greater Kashmir. "I am in constituency round theclock and wooing the electorate from last five years."
Haji Farooq Ahmad Mir, the candidate of Pradesh CongressCommittee for the constituency expectsto win. A resident of Lolab, Mir said, he has not been provided with bulletproof vehicle and he roams in a Tavera. "We visit every village and people arereciprocating to our call," he said. "I am assuring them development."
Senior superintendentof police, Kupwara, Ambarkar Shriram Dinkar said every effort is beingmade for smooth campaigning and pollingin the district. "Adequate security has been provided to candidates," he toldGreater Kashmir. "We want everybody votes and we have so far peacefulenvironment in entire district."