Lal Singh’s Return: Congress Jubilant as Ex-MP Welcomed with Grand Reception in Jammu

Lal Singh's Return: Congress Jubilant as Ex-MP Welcomed with Grand Reception in Jammu

A day after he joined Congress party in New Delhi, hundreds of workers on Thursday gave a rousing reception to former MP and former minister Lal Singh on his arrival in Jammu and expressed confidence that the party will win both the seats in Jammu and Kashmir.

Singh, 65, who hails from Kathua district, rejoined the Congress at its headquarters in Delhi on Wednesday amid speculations that he will be fielded against BJP minister Jitendra Singh from the Udhampur parliamentary constituency which is going to polls in the first phase on April 19.

Flanked by his wife and former legislator Kanta Andotra, and J-K Congress working president Raman Bhalla, Lal Singh was received by the workers and leaders of the party amid beats of drums and showering of flowers.

“It (his joining Congress) is a big chance to boost the forces fighting BJP in Jammu and Kashmir,” Lal Singh told reporters soon after his arrival from New Delhi. He claimed that the Congress will win both the seats of Jammu and Udhampur.

“I am confident to win from Udhampur seat. After becoming a two-time MP and minister, it is unfortunate that Jitendra Singh has done nothing”, he said.

Hitting out at the BJP, he said, “Unemployment is at a high level in the Union Territory amid increase in the level of crime.” He said, “There is rampant drug menace and youth are being destroyed due to unbridled drug addiction.”

Lal Singh also announced the merger of his outfit, Dogra Swabhiman Sangathan Party (DSSP), with the Congress. While Lal Singh was the founder chairman of the DSSP, his wife Kanta was its president.

He had been a two-time former Member of Parliament from Udhampur seat in 2004 and 2009. He was also the Health Minister and the Forest Minister in Jammu and Kashmir. He represented Basohli in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly in 1996 and 2002.

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