Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to kick start BJP’s MISSION 44 Plus from historic Chowgan in Kishtwar.
The parade ground has seen many historic gatherings but for the first time the vast green swathes of Chowgan would be painted in saffron hues to register BJPs’ strong presence in the area.
The BJP has selectively chosen the Kishtwar Assembly segment for the high profile visit of Prime Minister to send a strong message to the ruling parties in the state.
The party machinery has geared up all its resources to make it a big show to motivate voters to come out in large numbers and vote for their choicest candidates.
At present Sajjad Ahmad Kitchloo of National Conference is the sitting MLA and is facing a litmus test in his home constituency.
In 2008 BJP candidate Sunil Sharma finished runners up losing the seat by a slight margin.
Sajjad’s father Bashir Ahmad Kitchloo had won the seat thrice in 1977, 1987 and 1996, Sajjad won the seat in 2002 and 2008 Assembly polls.
According to ground reports Sajjad is facing an uphill for variety of reasons.
Anti incumbency is going to be his biggest enemy, say political observers.
Along with this lack of development in the region has been made an election issue by the BJP and Kitchloo is feeling the heat of pointed questions being asked by the electorate.
The manner in which Sajjad Ahmad Kitchloo handled Kishtwar riots while remaining in the office of MoS Home has been questioned by the victims.
He himself came under the scanner for remaining a mute spectator. Later on he may have been cleared by the Retd Justice RC Gandhi commission of Inquiry in its preliminary report but scars of Kishtwar riots may harm his victory prospects.
Sajjad also alienated large number of govt employees by way of his conduct .He was involved in slap gate and more recently he had to bite dust after court delivered justice in the case of Director Industries and Commerce Dr Abdul Rashid. It remains to be seen whether Sajjad Ahmad Kitchloo would be able to beat the odds against him to emerge victorious third time in a row.