PM to address rally in Kathua tomorrow

Prime Minister NarendraModi will address an election rally in Kathua on April 14 in favour of minister of state in the PMO, DrJitendra Singh, who is seeking a second term from Udhampur-DodaLokSabha constituency.

BJP state president Ravinder Raina told reporters that more than 2 lakh people from 17 Assembly constituencies are expected to participate in the rally at the sports stadium Kathua.

The rally, to be held at 11 a.m, will be Modi’s second in Jammu region in recent days. He had addressed an election rally in Akhnoor on March 28 in support of sitting BJP MP and candidate from Jammu-Poonch seat Jugal Kishore Sharma.

Voting for Udhampur-Doda seat will be held on April 18.

In 2014, Modi had visited the Mata Vaishno Devi temple in Katra before addressing a rally in support of Jitendra Singh at Hiranagar. Singh had defeated Congress stalwart and former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir GhulamNabi Azad by a margin of over 60,000 votes.

Riding the ‘Modi wave’, the BJP had won both seats in the Jammu region in the 2014 LokSabha elections while it had emerged victorious in the lone LokSabha seat in the Ladakh region by a mere 34 votes against the Congress.

There is no word on whether the BJP’s star campaigner will address any rallies in Kashmir valley and Ladakh regions this time.

The BJP is facing growing opposition in Hindu majority Jammu province. The party, which won 25 of Jammu’s 37 Assembly seats in 2014 by promising to further the interests of the province, is being accused of giving up on everything it stood for.

Confronted with anti-incumbency in Jammu, the state BJP leadership is optimistic that Modi’s rallies will create a wave in favour of the party.