J&K: Former Kathua MLA Charanjit Singh joins BJP

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Jammu, Apr 6: Days forward of the Lok Sabha polls, former impartial MLA Charanjit Singh on Saturday joined the BJP in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir.

The 68-year-old Singh, who had gained the Kathua meeting seat in 2008, joined the saffron social gathering within the presence of BJP Nationwide vice-president and in-charge of Jammu and Kashmir, Avinash Rai Khanna and former minister Rajiv Jasrotia.

Within the 2014 meeting polls, Singh had secured third place, bagging 13,242 votes whereas Jasrotia and BSP candidate Som Raj Majotra bagged first and second positions by securing 35,670 and 28,864 votes, respectively.

“I am joining the BJP along with my supporters to strengthen the hands of Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is taking every one along in the development of the country under the slogan of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas,” the previous bureaucrat turned politician instructed reporters. 

Singh stated he would proceed his work for the betterment of humanity, irrespective of faith, caste and creed.  He’s the second former lawmaker to hitch the Bharatiya Janata Get together (BJP) in Kathua after ex MLA Basholi Jagdish Raj Sapolia give up the Congress and rejoined the saffron social gathering on February 9.

Sapolia had parted methods with the BJP forward of meeting elections in 2014 after being denied a ticket from Basholi constituency which he had gained in 2008.  Kathua together with 5 different districts of Udhampur, Reasi, Ramban, Doda and Kishtwar come underneath the Udhampur parliamentary constituency which goes to polls within the second section on April 18.

Union minister Jitendra Singh is searching for re-election kind the constituency and is locked in a 12-cornered contest together with his major opponents together with Congress candidate and scion of Dogra dynasty Vikramaditya Singh, Dogra Swabhiman Sangathan foundr and former BJP minister Lal Singh and Nationwide Panthers Get together chairman and former minister Harsh Dev Singh. Welcoming Charanjit Singh within the social gathering fold, Khanna stated he was assured of retaining each Udhampur and Jammu parliamentary seats.

Jammu goes to polls within the first section of the five-phased elections within the state on April 11. 

“The BJP will win both the seats with huge margin on our own strength, on the work done for the last five years and the policies of Modi government. We have worked a lot on the ground level,” he stated terming as opposition alliance as “fractured”.

The Nationwide Convention has prolonged assist to the Congress in Jammu, whereas the PDP has not fielded any candidate from the 2 seats to make sure that the votes don’t get divided. 

“All the three parties are fighting together in Jammu, while they are fighting against each other in Kashmir. They have a fractured coalition and are divided and therefore cannot face us,” the BJP chief instructed reporters. 

Requested about BJP’s criticism of the PDP regardless of sharing energy with it for over three years within the state earlier than pulling out final 12 months, he stated, “We entered into the coalition with PDP to improve situation in the state, restore peace and ensure development of all the three regions but when we found that the coalition is not delivering on the ground, we pulled out.”

“The way the PDP leader (former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti) is speaking after the fall of the government, it is not in the national interest. The voters will teach this party a lesson and along with other Kashmir centric parties will keep them away form power,” he stated. 

Requested why the saffron social gathering rakes up the problem of scrapping Article 370 and Article 35A of the Structure throughout elections, Khanna stated, “The article 35A is sub-judice and I will not talk on the issue”. 

On allegations that senior social gathering chief L Ok Advani had been sidelined by Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah, he stated, “He (Advani) is a respected leader in the party and a guide for all of us. We respect him by heart and he was never ignored in the past nor will be ignored in future. Both Modi and Amit Shah hold him in high esteem.” He stated some senior leaders due to their age weren’t given a ticket however that doesn’t imply they aren’t revered.

 PTI

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