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Jammu people nationalists to core unlike Kashmiris, says BJP leader

He had said the Kathua rape case was a "conspiracy" against the people of Jammu

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

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

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

"We appeal to the people of the region to hoist the tricolour at their houses on the Independence Day and celebrate the day with great enthusiasm. Jammu is about absolute We are 100 per cent nationalists unlike those from 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 region to come to power.

"All the governments have not done justice with Jammu which faced worst kind of discrimination over the past 70 years and used it as a ladder (to grab the power)," the told reporters.

Singh has made several controversial remarks in 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 alleged gangrape of a minor girl from a nomadic community.

First Published: Mon, August 13 2018. 18:00 IST
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