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Three more candidates file nominations for Udhampur LS seat

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Jammu: Three more candidates filed their nomination papers on Friday for the Udhampur-Kathua parliamentary constituency, which goes to polls in the first phase of the Lok Sabha election on April 19.

With this, the number of candidates in the fray for the seat goes up to five.

Amit Kumar and Tilak Raj filed their nominations as Bahujan Samaj Party candidates and Swarn Veer Singh Jaral as an Independent candidate for the seat to the returning officer in Kathua, an official spokesperson said.

Union minister Jitendra Singh filed his nomination papers from the Udhampur-Kathua Lok Sabha constituency along with his covering candidate Prem Nath on Thursday.

The notification for the polls to this constituency was issued on Wednesday along with 102 seats in 17 states and four Union territories where polls will be held in the first phase.

The last date for nomination is March 27. Scrutiny of nomination papers will take place on March 28 and names can be withdrawn by March 30, he said.

The Udhampur-Kathua Lok Sabha constituency was once a stronghold of the Congress party.

A two-time MP from Udhampur-Kathua, Jitendra Singh is aiming for a hat-trick and thanked the people for their faith in him while seeking their blessings for yet another term.

In 2014, Singh defeated former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and veteran Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad by more than 60,000 votes from the Udhampur seat.

In 2019, he won against Congress candidate Vikram Aditya Singh, the son of Congress leader Karan Singh. He won by a substantial margin of 3,57,252 votes. After a recent summary revision, the Udhampur-Kathua constituency now has over 16.20 lakh registered voters.

The Lok Sabha elections in Jammu and Kashmir will be conducted in five phases with voting in each of the five parliamentary constituencies to be held in a separate phase.

Polling in the five Lok Sabha constituencies will be held on April 19 (Udhampur), April 26 (Jammu), May 7 (Anantnag), May 13 (Srinagar) and May 20 (Baramulla).

The Ladakh Lok Sabha seat spread over Kargil and Leh districts will go to polls in the fifth phase of the polls.

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