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Former Cong minister Prem Sagar Aziz joins NC

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

Former Aziz today joined the and was welcomed by the party working here, a party spokesman said.

Sagar had joined the on May 12, 1972, and was elected as an in 2002.

He is a former and was considered a close associate of former deputy

Welcoming Sagar in the party, said the National Conference is the only and natural destination for all those who believe in single entity and a pluralistic identity of

"Sagar and his associates were the source of strength and they will be valued like the cadre of in steering out the state from prevailing morass," the former said.

He lauded Sagar's contribution in serving the state in different capacities and expressed the hope that his joining would infuse new vigour among the cadre in district to serve the state and its people.

expressed concern over spurt in militancy and said it was worrisome that alienated young educated youths are increasingly resorting to militancy.

"Instead of getting job letters, the educated youth feel lured to take guns in their hands, as they find their future bleak," he said.

Referring to the recent suicide attacks on a CRPF camp in Pulwama and IED attack in Sopore, he said the rise in violence marks the failure of the PDP-BJP coalition government.

"The New Year took off on a very grim note with CRPF and police personnel, besides civilians, getting killed in one after another incidents," he said.

"The PDP-BJP (government) has produced more militants than ever before," he said.

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First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 21:30 IST