ormer National Conference (NC) provincial president Devender Singh Rana on Sunday resigned from the basic membership of the party amid speculations that the businessman-turned-politician is likely to join the BJP.
Sources in the party told Good Morning Kashmir that Rana resigned from the basic membership of the party today afternoon.
For the past few days, speculations were on rife that Rana, who is the younger brother of Union minister Jitendra Singh, was leaving the NC and likely to join the BJP.
Meanwhile, not a day passes in Kashmir Valley these days without political defections. On Sunday, senior PDP leader Nizamuddin Bhat joined Sajad Lone’s Peoples Conference. Lone called it Ghar Wapsi as some 40 years ago Bhat had started his political career from the Peoples Conference.
Earlier, on Monday, former legislator Javid Mustafa Mir joined Apni Party. Mir after resigning from the PDP in 2019 had joined former IAS officer Shah Faesal-led Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement. Faesal after his release from jail last year renounced politics and Mir became president of the party.
Few days ago, several political leaders including former minister Choudhary Lal Singh, who heads the Dogra Swabhiman Sangathan Party (DWSP) and is campaigning for a separate state of Jammu, former MLC Surinder Choudhary and former minister Surjit Singh Slathia met Rana at his residence.