New Delhi: New Delhi, Oct 11 (PTI) A day after Farooq Abdullah resigned from the National Conference, former Jammu division chief Devendra Rana and another party leader Surjit Singh Salathia on Monday joined the BJP.
Rana and Salathia join BJP at their headquarters In the presence of Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan, Hardeep Singh Puri and Jitendra Singh.
joined my colleagues @dpradhanbjp g and @DrJitendraSingh Welcoming the senior and popular leaders of Jammu @DevenderSRana Mr. and Mr. Surjit Singh Salathia @BJP4India Family. pic.twitter.com/mad6MhEGZ4
— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) 11 October 2021
New Delhi: Former J&K National Conference leaders Devendra Rana and Surjit Singh Salathia joined BJP in the presence of Union Ministers Hardeep Singh Puri, Dharmendra Pradhan and Jitendra Singh.
Both the leaders resigned from the membership of the National Conference yesterday pic.twitter.com/nh7F39SHq8
— ANI (@ANI) 11 October 2021
Rana, who is a former MLA and younger brother of Union minister Jitendra Singh, has also served as political advisor to former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah.
BJP general secretary in-charge of Jammu and Kashmir Tarun Chugh and its Jammu and Kashmir unit chief Ravinder Raina welcomed him into the party.
Rana has been advocating the Jammu Declaration – a joint declaration of several political, social and business organizations, seeking restoration of the state primarily for the Jammu region and not for the whole of Jammu and Kashmir.
In 2019, the Center annulled the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcated it into the union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.