Senior leader from Rajouri Choudhary Talib Hussain and PDP leader Haji Taj Mohammad Khan on Friday joined the BJP in presence of party state president and MP Jugal Kishore Sharma.
The joining of Ch Talib Hussain is a shot in the arm for the BJP as he is one of the senior leaders of the National Conference from the Jammu region.
Jugal Kishore Sharma while welcoming the new entrants into the party said there has been a wave in favour of the BJP across the country. Like other states, the people of high political and social stature from the Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh regions are also embracing our party as they, too, have got convinced that our state also needs a change like a change in New Delhi.
They want that a new chapter of development and prosperity should begin in the state and in their opinion, it is the BJP only, which has the commitment as well as potential of bringing such a change, said the BJP MP.
Accusing both the NC and Congress of promoting dynastic politics, Talib Hussain said, "Today, the Congress is not that of Gandhi or Nehru and similarly, the NC is also not that of Sheikh Abdullah, as both these parties have deviated from their basic principles and policies and are interested in promoting family rule, which is not good for society and the nation," he said and added that we all need to get united to defeat these parties.
Alleging discrimination with the Jammu region by the Kashmir-based politicians, Haji Taj Mohd Khan said, "Till now, we had been working to win seats and later surrender to the Kashmir-centric leaders and in return got discrimination with our areas, which should not be repeated now".
He said that a ray of hope has born after the BJP coming to power at the Centre and the 65 years of uncertainty, step-motherly treatment will now be over after joining the hands with the BJP.
"We have to strengthen the BJP in the state, so that our fate is written by ourselves and not by a handful of leaders of the NC, Congress or PDP hailing from Kashmir", he added.
It may be noted that during the by-election for the Jammu parliamentary constituency in February 2002, Choudhary Talib Hussain as an NC candidate had defeated his nearest rival Nirmal Singh of the BJP by a margin of 55,489 votes. The by-poll was held following the death of BJP MP Vishnu Dutt.