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People of Jammu 100% nationalists unlike those of Kashmir: BJP leader

Controversial BJP leader Lal Singh appealed to people of Jammu to hoist the tricolour at their houses on Independence Day and celebrate the day with great enthusiasm.

india Updated: Aug 13, 2018 18:18 IST
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Former BJP state minister Lal Singh accused ‘Kashmir-based rulers’ of discriminating with Jammu region over the past seven decades and said his recently launched outfit ‘Dogra Svabhiman Sangathan’ would fight to restore the pride of Dogras.(PTI/File Photo)

Senior BJP leader and former minister Lal Singh, who has often courted controversy with his remarks, on Monday asked people of Jammu region to hoist the tricolour at their houses on Independence Day as they are “nationalists to the core unlike the people of Kashmir”.

Singh accused Kashmir-based rulers of discriminating with Jammu region over the past seven decades and said his recently launched outfit called ‘Dogra Svabhiman Sangathan’ would fight to restore the pride of the Dogra community.

“We appeal to the people of the region to hoist the tricolour at their houses on Independence Day and celebrate the day with great enthusiasm. Jammu is about absolute nationalism. We are 100% nationalists unlike those of Kashmir,” the former minister said.

He said Kashmir-based leaders have ruled the state for the last 70 years and now it’s time for the people of Jammu to come to power. “No government has not done justice with Jammu which has faced the worst kind of discrimination over the past 70 years, and used it as a ladder (to grab power),” the BJP leader told reporters in Jammu.

Singh has made several controversial remarks in the recent past, including on the Kathua rape case and after the killing of senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari in Srinagar. He had said the Kathua rape case was a “conspiracy” against the people of Jammu.

Singh had to quit soon after his remarks on the Kathua case involving the alleged gang rape of a minor girl from a nomadic community.

First Published: Aug 13, 2018 18:18 IST