With the political heat soaring high in Jammu and Kashmir's Srinagar ahead of polling on April 18 - the second phase of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, candidates from across party lines are busy in holding rallies, sabhas, and road shows. From one such rally in the Budgam district of the region, a shocking video has come to fore wherein a People's Democratic Party (PDP) worker can be seen brandishing toy gun and posing like a terrorist.
This has come at a time when the PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti is up in arms against the BJP's poll promise to abrogate Article 370 and 35A of the Indian Constitution which grants special autonomy and allows the state to define permanent resident of the state respectively.
Notably, Mufti is not alone in the fight against the BJP's promise, other state outfits including the National Conference (NC) has also warned the saffron party against its contentious promise. Recently, Mufti had claimed that if the two articles are scrapped then the Indian Constitution will not be applicable in the state.
NC chief Farooq Abdullah has gone a step further to say that it'll pave the way for azadi for people of Jammu and Kashmir. "Do they think they will abrogate Article 370 and we will be quiet? They are wrong. We will fight it. I think it is Allah's will that they are trying to abrogate it. Let them do it and it will pave way for our azadi," Abdullah had said.
While the Congress has promised to maintain status quo on the issue, BJP has termed Article 370 as an "obstacle" in the development of the state, vowing to abrogate the article if voted to power in the upcoming general elections.
Voting in Jammu and Kashmir will happen in five of the seven phases of the polls. While Baramulla and Jammu have already voted on April 11, Srinagar, Udhampur, Anantnag, and Ladakh are yet to vote. In Srinagar and Udhampur the voting will be held on April 18.
Anantnag parliamentary constituency will go to polls in three phases from Aprill 23 to May 6.
As for contesting candidates in Srinagar, while the BJP has named Khalid Jahangir, National Congress has fielded Farooq Abdullah. PDP's Aga Syed Mohsin is also in the fray. In 2014, PDP's Tariq Hameed Karra had won defeating Abhullah by some 4,000 votes.