"BJP has taken a U-turn on the core issues like Article 370, ceasefire violations, terrorism related violence as it was busy appeasing the separatists in the valley," Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said while addressing election rallies in Jammu region.

Azad said that the people of the Jammu region were feeling cheated as BJP has maintained silence on these issues.

"UPA Government was dubbed as inefficient, weak, indecisive and at times 'traitor' by the BJP leadership on ceasefire violations, but ever since BJP has come to power at the Centre, there is no pause in the ceasefire violations and war-like situation was witnessed in the month of August 2014," the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha said.

Azad expressed hope that people in large number have voted for Congress in the first four phases of the ongoing assembly elections.

"Despite the hype and hoopla that BJP tried to weave around it's so called mission 44 plus, the voting trends of first four phases clearly point towards resurgence of Congress in all the three regions of the State and that the people of Jammu have to take a wise decision to script a destiny of empowerment and progress," Azad said.

He appealed the voters in Jammu region to reject the "divisive forces" by voting for Congress in the last phase of the polling scheduled for December 20.

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