Hilly areas of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand received a fresh bout of snowfall and rains on Thursday even as pleasant weather prevailed in plains where temperatures rose marginally.
Congress on Sunday alleged that a large part of the crowd that attended Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Kishtwar rally had come from other parts of the country while the locals constituted only 10 per cent.
Amid tight security, 226 polling parties were on Sunday dispatched to far-flung booths in four Assembly constituencies in Doda and Ramban districts of Jammu and Kashmir for first phase of polling on November 25.
It is famous as "mini Kashmir" for its resemblance to scenic beauty of the Valley, but mountain-locked Bhaderwah lacks development and basic tourism infrastructure which people allege is due to the "discrimination" meted out to it.
Given the perceived 'Modi wave' and anti-incumbency factor in Bhaderwah Assembly constituency, it is not likely to be a cake-walk for the Congress in the region, even though it is regarded as the home turf of former Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad.
In a bid to reach out to all sections of the society and create voter awareness among them, the Election department on Monday held a special Systematic Voter Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) programme at a remote hamlet of Doda district for deaf and dumb voters.
Several political, social and religious organisations o n Friday held demonstrations and rallies in protest against the twin attacks by militants in which ten people, including an army officer, were killed.
Protests rocked Doda and Bhaderwah areas of the district for the second consecutive day as the quake-hit people alleged failure of the Jammu and Kashmir government to provide relief and demanded immediate tented accommodations.