Social outfit ‘Ikkjutt Jammu’ goes political, vows to fight for ‘Statehood for Jammu’

After months of speculations in public domain, social organisation ‘Ikkjutt Jammu’ today took the political plunge with announcement of creation of political party with the same name, a statement today said. The party also vowed to contest the next elections on the plank of statehood for Jammu, according to a formal announcement by president of the newbie advocate Ankur Sharma and newly formed executive committee of the Ikkjutt Jammu. Various documents to be submitted to the Election Commission of India were displayed in front of the media by general secretary…

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‘Betrayed’: In Jammu, Growing regret over support for Scrapping of Article 370

With the new land laws, and the fear of backlash when it comes to organising protests, many among those who celebrated the felling of Article 370 are reconsidering their stance. Muhammad Raafi On August 5, 2019, Rahul Sharma, a resident of Kathua, was ecstatic. He and his friends distributed sweets to celebrate the scrapping of Articles 370 and 35A of the constitution that granted a special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir. As most parts of the Jammu division erupted in celebration, Sharma, who then called himself…

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Amid Sena, Bajrang Dal protests, Mehbooba Mufti arrives in Jammu for PAGD meeting

Former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti arrived in Jammu on Thursday to attend a meeting of the Peoples’ Democratic Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD), which was formed last month to fight for the restoration of Jammu & Kashmir’s special status. A spokesman for Mufti’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP) said the meeting will be held on Saturday at another former chief minister Farooq Abdullah’s residence. Former minister Sajad Lone and Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader MY Tarigami will be among others who will attend the meeting. The meeting is being held…

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Bid to hoist tricolor at PDP’s Jammu office foiled

Several ABVP activists were briefly detained on Sunday after they staged a protest outside the PDP office here against the recent remarks of its president Mehbooba Mufti and allegedly threw paint at a billboard with her picture on it, officials said. Over six ABVP activists, carrying National flags, appeared outside the heavily guarded Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) office at Gandhi Nagar and broke the police cordon to throw green paint on Mufti’s picture on the billboard near the entrance of the office, they said. Controversial statementThe former J&K CM on…

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RSS, which tried to separate Jammu from Kashmir, is observing J&K’s Accession today

On October 26, 1947 Jammu and Kashmir acceded to the Union of India. But the Sangh Parivar played no role in it, in fact opposed the accession and tried very hard to separate Jammu from Kashmir Arun Sharma BJP’s predecessor, the Jan Sangh, its political mentor the RSS and the organization supported by these two, the Jammu based Praja Parishad had no role to play in the accession of Jammu and Kashmir to the Union of India, which happened on 26 October 1947. But they have started appropriating the legacy…

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“IkkJutt Jammu” planning to launch strike, wants “Separate statehood for the Jammu Region”

While in the Kashmir valley rivals are joining hands to take on the BJP-led Centre, the Jammu region also appears to be witnessing new political activity in the post-abrogation scenario. “Soon-to-be-launched political outfit ‘IkkJutt Jammu’, which has been demanding a “separate statehood for the Jammu region”, is planning to launch an agitation to press for its demand. IkkJutt chairman Ankur Sharma, who also condemns the ongoing delimitation on ‘fraud 2011 Census’, blames the ongoing “anti-national activities like Gupkar declaration, etc, on UT and Central Government not taking necessary follow-up steps…

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7000 Pilgrims allowed to visit Mata Vaishno Devi daily

In view of Navratri starting from November 17, seven thousand local travelers will be allowed to visit Shri Mata Vaishno Devi every day. Previously, only five thousand people were allowed to visit the holy shrine. With Unlock 5.0, state governments have taken several decisions to restore normalcy amidst Coronavirus. The state has given permission for inter-state travel without a pass and has allowed the bar and theatres to open doors from October 15 with a new set of guidelines. For Inter-state travel, the states have allowed entry without any restrictions.…

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CBI registers case against educational trust run by Lal Singh’s family

The CBI has registered a case of criminal breach of trust and corruption against a Kathua-based educational trust run by former Jammu and Kashmir minister Lal Singh’s family and certain government servants, officials said on Tuesday. The agency officials carried out searches on Tuesday morning at nine locations – three in Jammu and six at Kathua – in connection with the case, according to the officials. Besides naming the RB Educational Trust, in which Singh’s wife and son are the members, the others named in the FIR include the then…

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Three persons killed, Bridges, Roads damaged, Jhuggis washed away in flashfloods across Jammu region

Three persons were today killed in separate rain-related incidents across Jammu region, while several houses, bridges and roads were damaged in heavy rain and flashfloods in the past 24 hours. A 35-year-old man, along with his cattle, was killed after the cattle shed collapsed in the Manjakote area of Rajouri district. The deceased was identified as Mohammad Shokit, a resident of Kaller Mora Mendhar, who was currently residing in Gola Nari, Kotli Kalaban, in Manjakote tehsil of Rajouri. His body was later retrieved from the debris by locals. In Udhampur,…

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Online registration for Vaishno Devi Yatra and helicopter booking starts from today

The online registration and helicopter booking for the holy pilgrimage (yatra) to the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine in Jammu and Kashmir started from Wednesday and will continue till September 5. “Vaishno Devi online yatra registration and helicopter booking is available from August 26 to September 5, 2020,” Ramesh Kumar Jangid, Chief Executing Officer of Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, Jammu and Kashmir told news agency ANI. The Mata Vaishno Devi yatra resumed on August 16, nearly five months after it was suspended due to coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak. Jangid said…

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