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Devendra Rana and Surjit Singh Salathia join BJP a day after Farooq Abdullah quit National Conference

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.

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.

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