BJP candidate dies after voting, polling cancelled

RAMBAN: A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate from ward number two of Ramban district died due to cardiac arrest today, following which polling was cancelled in the area. The second phase of the Urban Local Bodies polls started at 0600 hours today.
“BJP candidate contesting for the Municipal Polls fell unconscious at around 0640 hours, inside the premises of the polling station at Badhiyari of Ward Number 2,” police here said. He was taken to a hospital where doctors declared him dead.
The candidate was identified as Azad Singh Raju (62), a former employee of the Irrigation and Flood Control Department, was a candidate for the Ramban Municipal Committee.
“The voting was stopped at the polling station and will be held following fresh notification,” police added.
He was among the 24 candidates in fray for the seven wards of the Ramban Municipal Committee in Jammu region.