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New J&K BJP chief a 'hardliner', had joined politics on the advice of Vajpayee

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

An old RSS hand, known as a 'hardliner' who had allegedly assaulted a inside the state Assembly for holding a "beef party", newly-appointed joined politics, it is said, on former Bihari Vajpayee's advice.

The 40-year-old former Sangh 'pracharak' made steady progress and won from his home constituency of Nowshera in district on a ticket in the state Assembly elections in 2014.

The MLA was appointed as the of the BJP's JK unit by party today. His predecessor, Sat Sharma, was inducted into the PDP-government as a last month.

Holding a post-graduate degree in international law and human rights, Raina has been closely associated with the welfare of victims of terrorism in the state. After graduation, he qualified the Combined Defence Services (CDS) exam and joined the Indian Navy, but returned as a human rights activist in 2004.

It is said that Raina was advised to join the BJP by former Vajpayee during a meeting. He soon rose to become the state of party's youth wing: the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM).

He courted controversy in 2015 when he took oath in the name of 'Mata Vaishno Devi'. It was strongly objected by Opposition members, who said there was no provision for a member of the to take oath in the name of Vaishno Devi.

However, the then pro tem Speaker, Mohammad Shafi, intervened and asked him to take oath in the name of God.

Outspoken in his criticism of and separatists, including the Hurriyat leaders, Raina created a scene in the Assembly in Jammu when he allegedly assaulted from north Kashmir, Sheikh Rashid, for hosting a "beef party" outside the in in 2015.

During the budget session early this year, Raina led his party colleagues several times in shouting anti-slogans in the to protest the frequent ceasefire violations by the neighbouring country along the Line of Control (LoC).

He also unsuccessfully sought the passage of a resolution in the Assembly condemning for repeatedly shelling and firing in the border areas.

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First Published: Sun, May 13 2018. 21:35 IST