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Modi to canvass for Jitendra Singh in Kathua on Sunday

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

will hold a rally in and Kashmir's district on Sunday to canvass for Union of State in the PMO Jitendra Singh, who is seeking re-election from Lok Sabha seat where polling will be held in the second phase on April 18.

is in direct contest with Congress' Vikramaditya Singh, the grandson of last ruler of the princely state of and Kashmir Maharaja and the son of Karan Singh, in the seat.

"Modiji will address a massive public rally in stadium Sunday morning," Ravinder Raina, said, adding that two lakh people from Kathua, Hiranagar, Bani, Billawar, Basohli, Ramnagar are expected to attend it.

This would be Modi's second visit to the state to campaign for party candidates. He had addressed an election rally in Akhnoor on March 28. joined the election campaign in the state by addressing two rallies in and Sunderbani in district on April 3.

Apart from and Vikramaditya Singh, 10 more candidates are in the fray from the Lok Sabha seat, including Dogra Swabhiman Sangathan (DSS) founder and former BJP

Vikramaditya Singh's candidature is supported by the National Conference. The Mehbooba Mufti-led PDP has also not fielded any candidate in the seat.

What worries is a possible split of votes after Choudhary Lal Singh, who floated an outfit last year, decided to test political waters in Udhampur.

The parliamentary constituency is spread over 17 Assembly segments in six districts -- Kishtwar, Doda, Ramban, Reasi, Udhampur and

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First Published: Fri, April 12 2019. 18:00 IST