Jammu must have voice: Devender Rana after joining BJP

Jammu must have voice: Devender Rana after joining BJP

Union Minister Hardeep Puri greets Devender Rana at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi on Monday. Tribune photo: MR Bhui

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 11

A day after resigning from the National Conference, Devender Rana, the former head of the party’s Jammu division, today joined the BJP along with Surjit Singh Slathia in presence of top BJP leaders, including his brother Jitendra Singh, a Union minister in the Narendra Modi Cabinet.

Rana said the time had come for Jammu to have a voice.

Over 30 members resign from NC

  • The National Conference suffered another jolt as over 30 workers, including a provincial secretary, 2 district presidents and two Jammu Municipal Corporation members, resigned on Monday.
  • The resignations came a day after NC’s Devender Singh Rana and ex-minister SS Slathia quit the party. PTI

The move coincides with the BJP’s attempts to galvanise support for a Hindu CM and growing voices over Jammu being “neglected” by consecutive governments in favour of the Kashmir Valley.

Rana and Slathia joined the BJP at its headquarters in the presence of Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan, Hardeep Singh Puri and Jitendra Singh. BJP general secretary in-charge for J&K Tarun Chugh and its UT unit chief Ravinder Raina welcomed them.

Rana has been advocating for Jammu Declaration, a joint announcement of several political, social and business organisations, demanding to safeguard the rights of Jammu people and also restoration of statehood for the region and not for the whole J&K.

The two were believed to be upset with the NC leadership’s objection to the Jammu Declaration. Meanwhile, the NC leadership was also said to be upset over the parallel declaration to the Gupkar Declaration, signed to bring back the now abrogated Section 370 and 35A of the Constitution.

“The Jammu region has suffered hugely. A political narrative must start from Jammu for the entire Union Territory to strengthen its ethos and culture,” he said.

The two senior NC leaders resigned on Sunday, the first major split within the party in the Jammu province since the Centre scrapped the special status of the erstwhile state of J&K in 2019.

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