Jammu and Kashmir will witness five-phase polls from April 10 to May 7.

Five Chief Ministers, three film stars and 11 national leaders like Lal Krishna Advani, Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and Nitin Gadkari have been entrusted with the task of campaigning in
Jammu and Kashmir.

Although the party has put up candidates for all six seats in Jammu and Kashmir, its focus is on the three constituencies of Jammu, Udhampur and Ladakh where most of its intensive campaigning will be concentrated.

While the party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi officially kicked off the BJP's campaign in Kathua district on March 26, actors Vinod Khanna, Shatrughan Sinha, Hema
Malini and Smriti Irani, too, will pitch in during canvassing in the state.

The BJP is focusing particularly on the Udhampur Lok Sabha seat where the Congress has fielded Union Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad.

This is the first time Azad is fighting a Lok Sabha battle in his home state and the BJP would be looking to ensure that its candidate, Jitendra Singh, humiliates the Congress leader. Jitendra Singh is a popular dialectologist.

In the Jammu seat, BJP state president Jugal Kishore Sharma is facing sitting Congress MP Madan Lal Sharma and PDP's Yashpaul Sharma.

Madan Lal, who has won the Jammu Lok Sabha seat twice  in 2004 and 2009, is also a two-time MLA and a former state minister.

In Ladakh, it is a direct contest between Thupsthan Chawang of BJP and former Congress MLA T Samphel.

"Pushing in such a large number of BJP star campaigners is to ensure that we make Modi the Prime Minister," a senior leader said.

(Agencies)

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