December 2, 2021

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Another jolt to NC, ex-minister, former MLA, among dozen leaders join BJP in Jammu

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Another jolt to NC, ex-minister, former MLA, among dozen leaders join BJP in Jammu
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Another jolt to NC, ex-minister, former MLA, among dozen leaders join BJP in Jammu
Another jolt to NC, ex-minister, former MLA, among dozen leaders join BJP in Jammu

JAMMU: Days after Devender Singh Rana and Surjit Singh Slathia, the two popular Dogra faces of National Conference (NC), joined BJP, the NC suffered another jolt. Nearly a dozen prominent political workers, including two former NC legislators, joined the BJP here on Sunday, with its Jammu and Kashmir unit president Ravinder Raina exuding confidence of forming the next government on its own in the Union Territory.
Those who joined BJP on Sunday included former minister Prem Sagar Aziz, former MLA Kamal Arora, NC Jammu district chief and ex-deputy mayor Dharmavir Jamwal among others.
BJP national general secretary and Jammu and Kashmir in-charge Tarun Chugh and Raina welcomed the new entrants, along with hundreds of their supporters, into the party fold in presence of senior leaders, including Rana and Slathia, who recently joined the saffron party.
Rana, the younger brother of Union minister Jitendra Singh and provincial president of the National Conference, along with senior party colleague and former minister Slathia had quit his party on October 10 and both of them joined the BJP in Delhi next day.
Majority of those who joined the BJP, including both the former legislators Prem Sagar Aziz and Kamal Arora, are considered close to Rana.
Accompanied by their supporters wearing different types of turbans representing different cultures, including the Dogras, Sikhs, Gujjars and Bakarwals, the leaders were welcomed by massive sloganeering at the BJP headquarters in Trikuta Nagar, Jammu, where the joining function was organised.
“The new entrants – whether from the National Conference, Congress or the PDP – are welcome with open heart and they will be given due respect and rightful position without any discrimination. The injustice which was going on for decades ended when the prime minister abrogated the discriminatory Article 370 in August 2019 and bestowed Jammu and Kashmir with real freedom,” Chugh said.
“The BJP has taken every possible step to ensure development of every community and every region for unprecedented development with the target of ‘Antodaya’,” he said.
Reacting to sudden leaving of the two party heavyweights – Devender Singh Rana and Surjit Singh Slathia – on October 10, National Conference president Farooq Abdullah had said, “In politics, leaders quit parties. This isn’t anything new.” He had added that this should not lead to “discouragement and dejection” among the party workers and should instead make them more united.

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