Congress activists take out rallies against rise in fuel prices, Bandh receives mixed response

Congress workers on Monday staged protests in Jammu to mark the Bharat Bandh. The bandh, however, saw a mixed response. All educational institutions, offices and business establishments in Jammu functioned normally and vehicles plied on the roads. The party had called for a country-wide bandh to protest the rise in the fuel prices. The Congress workers in Jammu protested against the Centre and highlighted the Rs 11-lakh crore fuel loot. They demanded immediate reduction in Central excise duty and excessive VAT in the states and bringing petrol and diesel under…

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Farooq trying to outsmart PDP by appearing to side with resistance: BJP Spokesperson Anil Gupta

The Jammu and Kashmir BJP said Sunday that National Conference president Farooq Abdullah tried to “outsmart” the PDP by appearing to side with separatists with his threat to boycott assembly and parliamentary polls. It claimed Abdullah was trying “all tricks” to fill the political void created by the PDP in the Valley after it had formed a coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir. The coalition collapsed in June, resulting in imposition of Governor’s rule in the state. The comments from BJP state spokesperson Anil Gupta came in response to Abdullah’s…

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National Conference playing role of separatists: BJP

Bharatiya Janata Party Wednesday hit out at the National Conference for announcing to boycott the forthcoming civic bodies polls in Jammu and Kashmir, alleging the party was playing the “role of separatists” by “blackmailing” the Centre on Article 35-A. “The NC is playing the role of separatists by boycotting civic polls and trying to blackmail Government of India on Article 35-A, which is subjudice,”Priya told reporters. She claimed that every time the central and state governments try to take new initiatives of empowering people in Jammu and Kashmir by holding…

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Satya Pal Malik new Guv is “Our Man”, J&K BJP Chief Ravinder Raina boasts on camera

Days after Satya Pal Malik assumed charge as the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, a video has emerged of BJP state president Ravinder Raina controversially claiming that the new governor is “their man” and that they did not want former governor NN Vohra to continue in the post. “The governor who has come now is our man… We did not want Vohra to continue,” Mr Raina, who is known to be outspoken, can be heard saying in the video. Governor is a constitutional post. This is not the first controversial…

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Protect Article 35A, Identify fake state subjects : Devender Singh Rana

Seeking expeditious identification of fake state subject holders in Jammu and Kashmir, National Conference provincial president Devender Singh Rana on Wednesday lambasted the previous PDP-BJP government for sitting over the issue and compromising with the rights, dignity and identity of the people. “The erstwhile coalition had a definite and sinister design to trample the special status of the state, which is why forces inimical to the Maharaja Hari Singh Ji’s vision and legacy of permanent resident laws were let loose and encouraged to challenge Article 35A,” Rana said while addressing…

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To showcase strength Choudhary Lal Singh to organise parallel Independence Day function

Former minister and BJP MLA Choudhary Lal Singh on Monday announced that he would organise a parallel Independence Day function on Wednesday to show his strength. He said the rich Dogra culture would be showcased in the first-of-its-kind event in the Jammu region. “We are fighting for the rights of the ethnic Dogra minority of J&K and on this Independence Day, a separate function will be held in Jammu to show our strength, rich culture and heritage,” Lal Singh said while addressing a press conference here on Monday. The function…

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Jammu on edge as heavy rains continue to wreak havoc

Heavy rains continued to wreak havoc in Jammu city with flashfloods affecting several residential areas and causing extensive damage to public property. Jammu district received 135 mm of rain during the 48-hour period. Overnight rains destroyed roads and boundary walls at Janipur and its vicinity. Trees were uprooted and several vehicles were washed away in the New Plot area. Meanwhile, residents held a protest against the local BJP MLA, Sat Sharma, and former Deputy Chief Minister Kavinder Gupta, who visited the affected areas. Blocking the Janipur road, the residents alleged…

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Extreme right-wing groups gun for BJP, Unite against party for ‘Humiliating’ Jammu people

Announcements of right-wing groups to make J&K the “core issue” are giving sleepless nights to the state BJP. Leaders of these organisations have stepped up attack on the saffron party for “humiliating and insulting” people of Jammu while sharing power with the PDP for over three years. The BJP leadership is worried as these groups have launched an aggressive campaign against the party ahead of the Lok Sabha elections by roping in radical groups, including some disgruntled leaders of the Sangh Parivar, to “expose the anti-Hindu agenda” of the saffron…

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Scrap Article 35A to settle West Pak refugees: BJP spokesperson Sunil Sethi

The rightwing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Thursday said Article 35-A should be scrapped to permanently settle the West Pakistan refugees in the State. Addressing a news conference at BJP headquarters in Jammu, State BJP chief spokesperson Sunil Sethi said West Pakistan refugees were awaiting settlement for the past 70 years and BJP would continue to fight for their rights. “West Pakistan refugees should have voting rights like others in the State. They will study in schools and universities in Jammu and will also get jobs there. If people of Jammu…

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Gujjar killed, another hurt in Army firing in Ramban

A civilian was killed and another injured when the Army allegedly opened fire on them in the wee hours of Sunday in Upper Kohli village of Gool tehsil in Ramban district. The deceased has been identified as Muhammad Rafiq Gujjar (28) and the injured as Shakeel Ahmed (30). Both were residents of the Dalwa area in Gool. The police registered an FIR against the Army in Dharamkund police station under Sections 302 and 307 of the RPC and Sections 7, 27 and 30 of the Arms Act after people of…

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