Mehbooba trying to create communal divide: BJP leader Nirmal Singh
Senior BJP leader and former J&K chief minister Nirmal Singh on Thursday said that scared to face elections and desperate to regain lost political ground, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti was trying to ignite communal tension with her hate speeches.
Addressing mediapersons here, he said Mehbooba’s statement smelt of a big conspiracy against the country and the Bharatiya Janata Party condemned it in the strongest terms.
On Wednesday, Mehbooba Mufti had said that the situation in Sri Lanka should serve as a wake up call for India and the BJP government as the country was treading the same path of religious majoritarianism and hyper nationalism as the island country.
While challenging the BJP, the PDP leader had also said, “If they have the courage, let them convert the Taj Mahal and other historical places into temples, then we will see who will visit this country.”
Nirmal Singh said, “Only thing common in Kashmir and Sri Lanka episode is that the leaders of both countries preferred family over the nation and followed the motto of family first rather than the nation first.”
“Her (Mehbooba’s) agenda has failed in Kashmir, where investors are coming and tourism is growing. And now, Mehbooba is instigating the youth of Kashmir towards stone pelting and separatism,” he added.
“Mehbooba, Farooq and Omar are annoyed to see peace in Jammu and Kashmir and in race with each other to instigate youth towards unrest in view of upcoming elections. There is also the support of Pakistan in this. All of them have one motive to weaken India,” Nirmal said.
Leaders from Panthers Party, Congress join BJP
Leaders from the Panthers Party and the Congress, along with their supporters, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the presence of party’s J&K general secretary Ashok Koul at Bhaderwah, said an official statement issued here on Thursday.
Panthers Party’s Doda district president Neeraj Singh Manhas, block youth president Nerbeak Manhas, block president Ashok Kumar Kotwal, block secretary Sanjay Kumar, block vice-presidents Sandeep Manhas, Ishan Manhas, Neelam Parihar, Vijay Sharma, Ajay Kumar, Sudesh Manhas, Goldy Kumar, and Tariq Batt among others joined the BJP, along with retired BDO Chaman Lal Sharma.
Ashok Sharma, sarpanch (Congress) and former block president of Bhaderwah also joined the BJP along with dozens of his supporters.
Koul welcomed the new entrants into the party fold.
Two years after it was rolled out, the Haryana government's financial incentive-linked diversification drive, has gained some ground with area under water-guzzling paddy reducing by 10% in 2021. As per official data, during the kharif season in 2021 crop diversification took place on 51,878 acres. As many as 62,562 farmers were paid ₹53.34 crore as incentive for opting for crop diversification. It came down to 14.60 lakh acre in 2021.
The J&K SSB registered the highest-ever recruitment in 2021-22, since its inception, said the J&K government. On Tuesday, the chief secretary, Arun Kumar Mehta chaired a high-level meeting about recruitments being made through the J&K Public Service Commission, J&K Service Selection Board, J&K Police Recruitment Board and J&K Bank in the UT. “Previously, the J&K Service Selection Board recruited 8,580 and 8,115 candidates in 2009 and 2015, respectively.”
For the 52-year-old first-time AAP legislator and a dental surgeon Vijay Singla, who created history by winning the Mansa assembly seat by a record margin of 63,323 votes on the plank of 'political honesty', the downfall was as unexpected as his rise --- all this, in just two months after his induction in the Bhagwant Mann-led cabinet in Punjab. Singla had defeated the Congress nominee and popular Punjabi rapper Shubhdeep Singh alias Sidhu Moosewala.
An 82-kilometre-long section of the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor, extending from Sahnewal to Shambhu in Punjab, is expected to become operational by the end of the year. The 175km single-track section is spread across Ludhiana, Fatehgarh Sahib, Patiala, Ambala, Yamunanagar and Saharanpur districts of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh under the Ambala and Ferozepur divisions of the Northern Railways. It extends from Sahnewal in Punjab to Pilkhani in Uttar Pradesh.
Militants on Tuesday attacked an off-duty police constable killing him and injuring his nine-year-old daughter at Anchar in Srinagar. Police said that the cop identified as Saifullah Qadri was attacked by militants near Anchar when he was walking on the road along with his daughter outside his house. “The terrorists involved in the killing of the cop will be identified and neutralised soon,” inspector general of police Vijay Kumar said.