Jammu, Apr 17: The campaigning for Udhampur-Kathua Parliamentary constituency ended on Tuesday, while 14 candidates including heavyweight MoS PMO Dr Jitendra Singh are among in fray.
The polling will take place on April 18.
Besides, Dr Singh, Congress candidate Vikramaditya Singh, son of Dr Karan Singh and grandson of last Dogra Ruler Maharaja Hari Singh, is also in the race.
Ousted from BJP, Choudhary Lal Singh, the former minister, is also contesting from this bastion.
Mr Singh is also contesting on Jammu-Poonch Lok Sabha Parliamentary Constituency while Tilak Raj Bhagat of Bhujan Samaj Party, Harsh Dev Singh of JKNPP, Lal Singh of Dogra Swabhiman Sangathan, Mohammad Ayub of Navrang Congress Party, Meenakshi of Shiv Sena and Bansi Lal, Prem Nath, Rakesh Mudgal, Shaber Ahmad, Garib Singh, Firdous Ahmed, Martand Singh all independents are also among in the race.
The voting hours have been fixed from 0700 hours to 1800 hours.
However over16.85 lakh electors will exercise their right to vote in Udhampur-Kathua Parliamentary Constituency.
The constituency is spread over 17 Assembly segments comprising six districts of Kishtwar, Doda, Ramban, Reasi, Udhampur and Kathua.
Chief Electoral Officer, J&K, spokesman said that the PC has 16,85,779 registered voters, including 876,319 males, 789,105 females, 20,312 service voters (20,052 males and 260 females) and 43 transgender electors.
The election authority has set up 2,710 Polling Stations across the the constituency for smooth conduct of elections.
Kishtwar district, with two Assembly segments of Kishtwar and Inderwal has 182,725 electors including 93,695 males, 88,055 females, 974 service voters (964 males and 10 females) and a single transgender voter. The authorities have set up 376 polling stations across the district.
District Doda, comprising two Assembly segments of Doda and Bhaderwah has 213, 220 electors including 109,100 males, 102,309 females, 1,790 service voters (1,774 males and 16 females) and 21 transgender voters. The authorities have set up 350 polling stations in the district.
District Ramban, comprising two Assembly segments of Ramban and Banihal has 190,793 electors including 100,211 males, 89,720 females, 853 service voters (851 males and 2 females) and nine transgender voters. The authorities have set up 310 polling stations across the district.
Similarly, Reasi district with three Assembly segments of Gulab Garh, Reasi and Gool Arnas has 263, 529 electors including 137, 991 males, 124, 016 females, 1521 service voters (1497 males and 24 females) and a single transgender voter. As many as 441 polling stations have been set up in the district for the polling.
District Udhampur, comprising three Assembly segments of Udhampur, Chenani and Ram Nagar has 343, 612 electors including 180,415 males, 159,670 females, 3,520 service voters (3,476 males and 44 females) and seven transgender voters. The authorities have set up 524 polling stations across the district.
Kathua district with five Assembly segments of Bani, Basohli, Kathua, Billawar and Hira Nagar has 491,900 electors including 254,907 males, 225,335 females, 11,654 service voters (11,490 males and 164 females) and four transgender voters. As many as 709 polling stations have been set up in the district for the polling.
In the Parliamentary Constituency, the highest number of electors is registered in Kathua Assembly segment of Kathua district with 129,578 electors including 67,382 males, 59,409 females, 2,785 service voters (2,728 males and 57 females) and two transgender voters.
The ECI has setup 173 polling stations across this segment.
Similarly, the lowest number of electors is registered in Bani Assembly segment of district Kathua with 47,992 electors including 25,589 males, 22,277 females and 126 service voters (125 males and 1 female). 83 polling stations have been established in this Assembly segment for smooth conduct of polls.
Meanwhile security agencies also reviewed the security scenario in the Kishtwar district, falling into the Constituency in view of RSS leader killing last Tuesday and his PSO by the terrorists.
Presently MoS PMO Dr Jitendra Singh is the sitting MP from this Constituency.