NEW DELHI: One day after his resignation from the National Conference, Devender Rana, the former head of his Jammu division, joined the BJP on Monday along with another party leader Surjit Singh Slathia.
Rana and Slathia joined the BJP at their headquarters here in the presence of Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan, Hardeep Singh Puri and Jitendra Singh.
Rana, a former MLA and the younger brother of Union Minister Jitendra Singh, has also served as political advisor to former Prime Minister of Jammu and Kashmir and National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah.
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The BJP General Secretary Tarun Chugh, responsible for Jammu and Kashmir, and the head of the Jammu and Kashmiri unit, Ravinder Raina, welcomed them to the party.
Rana campaigned for the Jammu Declaration – a joint declaration by several political, social and business organizations that calls for the restoration of statehood for the Jammu region and not for the entire Jammu and Kashmir region.
In 2019, the center lifted the special status of the former state of Jammu and Kashmir and divided it into the union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.