Amid speculations about National Conference provincial president Devender Singh Rana likely to part ways with the Abdullahs to join BJP. On October 7 or October 11 in Delhi, the latter has not yet opened up his cards.
Rana was the most prominent Hindu face of the National Conference in the Jammu region. He is the younger brother of Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh. Despite the massive Modi wave in 2014, Rana had won the Nagrota assembly seat on an NC ticket.
Amid speculations, Choudhary Lal Singh, founder of Dogra Swabhiman Sangthan, and former PDP legislator Surinder Choudhary met Rana at his residence on Monday.
“For the cause of Jammu, we will talk to everyone. Friends and guests come to meet you and to host them is my duty,” he said.
Rana was once a close confidante of former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah.
He said, “After all, we are from Jammu whether it is BJP, PDP, DSS, Panthers Party, Apni Party or even intellectuals, people from trade and commerce, civil society. We should put our interests behind and think about Jammu”.
Rana further said, “We should strive for a narrative of Jammu, which should be by Jammu, from Jammu and for an inclusive Jammu and Kashmir”.
On October 2, Rana said the people of the region were determined to end the era of despondency, deprivation, and neglect by fighting for their legitimate rights.
Party president and LokSabha member Dr. Farooq Abdullah refused to speak on the issue saying, “I can’t say anything”.
However, Abdullahs were acerbic over the ‘unpleasant’ developments in Jammu.
“Rana was considered Omar’s backbone in Jammu. At the same time, the exit of an individual will not impact the party,” said a senior NC leader.
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