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Jailed Engineer Rashid Ahead in Baramulla Lok Sabha Race

As counting of votes for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections is underway, early results from Jammu and Kashmir indicate that the National Conference (NC) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are each leading in two seats. The data, released by the Chief Election Officer of J&K, suggests a competitive political landscape in the region.

The NC is currently ahead in the Srinagar and Anantnag-Rajouri constituencies. This development reflects the party’s continuing influence in certain key areas of Jammu and Kashmir. The Anantnag-Rajouri seat, in particular, is noteworthy given its strategic importance and the presence of strong candidates from multiple parties.

On the other hand, the BJP is leading in the Jammu and Udhampur constituencies. This is in line with the party’s broader strategy and historical support base in these regions. The leads in these seats underscore the BJP’s efforts to maintain and possibly expand its footprint in Jammu and Kashmir, a region of significant political interest for the party.

In the Baramulla constituency, independent candidate Er Rashid is leading against NC vice-president Omar Abdullah. This surprising development indicates a potential shift in voter sentiment, challenging the dominance of established political figures. Er Rashid’s lead over a prominent leader like Omar Abdullah is particularly significant in the context of local politics.

People’s Conference chairman Sajad Lone is currently in the third spot in Baramulla. Lone’s position reflects the complex and competitive nature of the constituency, where multiple strong candidates are vying for voter support. The outcome in Baramulla will be closely watched as it could signal broader political trends in the region.

In the Anantnag-Rajouri constituency, NC’s Main Altaf is leading against People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti. This race is a critical one, as it pits major political figures against each other. Mehbooba Mufti’s trailing position highlights the challenges faced by the PDP in retaining its influence.

NC’s Aga Ruhullah is leading against PDP’s Waheed Para in another closely watched contest. This indicates a potential consolidation of support for the NC in certain areas, reflecting voter confidence in their candidates. The performance of the PDP in these elections will be a key point of analysis.

In Jammu, Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh is leading against Congress’ Choudhary Lal Singh. This result is consistent with the BJP’s strong performance in Jammu, where the party has traditionally enjoyed robust support. Dr. Singh’s lead signifies his continued political strength in the constituency.

Additionally, Jugal Kishore of the BJP is leading against Raman Bhalla of Congress in the Jammu constituency. The BJP’s leads in both Jammu seats highlight the party’s effective campaign and organizational strength in the region. As the vote counting progresses, these early trends will shape the final outcomes and provide insights into the future political landscape of Jammu and Kashmir.

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