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Former BJP leader to contest LS polls from both seats of Jammu

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

Swabhimaan Sangathan (DSS) founder on Saturday accepted a proposal of his party to contest both the Lok Sabha seats from region.

"Singh accepted the proposal (to fight the elections from both and Udhampur parliamentary constituencies) at a high-level meeting of the party leaders here," a of the DSS said.

He said the DSS decided to contest both the seats of the province and the leadership was unanimous to field Singh from both the seats.

Singh, a former BJP leader, launched the DSS on July 22 last year to mark 100 days of his campaign in support of the demand for a CBI probe into the rape and murder case.

Singh had twice won Udhampur parliamentary seat on the ticket in 2004 and 2009 before switching over to the BJP in 2014 after the party denied him a ticket from his Basholi assembly constituency despite representing the seat on previous occasions in 1996 and 2002. He won the seat for the BJP in 2014.

Singh and his colleague (BJP) resigned from the previous on April 13 last year over their participation in a rally allegedly in support of the accused arrested by police in connection with the rape and murder case.

"The people of Jammu are struggling for a CBI inquiry for the last one year and both the governments at the state and the Centre are deaf and dumb for the people of Jammu. The nationalist voices of Jammu are choked only at the cost of the appeasement of the Kashmiri people," the said at the meeting.

Singh kick-started his party's campaign from district on March 14 .

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First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 22:40 IST