Udhampur Lok Sabha seat: From 40 contenders in 1967 to mere 12 in 2024


Ali Asad

Srinagar, Apr 01 : The Udhampur Lok Sabha constituency in Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed a fascinating evolution in the number and diversity of candidates vying for parliamentary representation. From a modest three contenders in its debut election to a staggering 40 candidates in 1996, the electoral landscape of Udhampur has reflected the dynamic political fervor of the region. Since its establishment in 1967, the constituency has traversed a remarkable trajectory.

As per the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), 1967: In its inaugural election, Udhampur saw a modest contest with three candidates. The contenders included representatives from Congress, Bharatiya Jan Sangh, and Jammu and Kashmir National Conference. Congress candidate GM Brigadier emerged victorious, setting the stage for subsequent electoral dynamics.

1971:The number of candidates doubled to eight, reflecting a growing political landscape. In addition to Congress and Bharatiya Jan Sangh, Shiromani Akali Dal also entered the fray. Political participation expanded, signaling increased interest in Udhampur’s parliamentary seat.

1989: The electoral arena expanded further, with 24 candidates contesting from Udhampur. Independent candidates surged, comprising the majority of contenders.Congress, Janata Dal, BJP, Panthers Party, and Protist Bloc of India also fielded their nominees.

1996: Witnessed a record-breaking turnout, with an unprecedented 40 candidates vying for victory. Major parties such as BJP, Congress, Janata Dal, BSP, and Panthers Party contested alongside a significant contingent of 34 independent candidates. BJP candidate Chaman Lal Gupta emerged victorious amid fierce competition, exemplifying the fervor of electoral engagement.

2004: The number of candidates reduced to 20, reflecting a consolidation in political participation. Independent candidates remained notable, comprising a significant portion of the contestants. Despite fewer contenders, the electoral landscape remained vibrant with diverse political ideologies represented.

2024: In the forthcoming election, 12 candidates are vying for parliamentary representation, marking a continuation of the trend of declining candidate numbers. Major parties like Congress, BJP, and NC are fielding their nominees, alongside independent aspirants. While the number of candidates has decreased, the diversity of political representation remains integral to Udhampur’s democratic discourse—(KNO)


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