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Congress workers celebrate return of former minister Lal Singh to party fold in Jammu

Congress workers celebrate return of former minister Lal Singh to party fold in Jammu
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Jammu, Mar 20 (PTI) Congress workers on Wednesday celebrated the merger of the Dogra Swabhiman Sangathan Party (DSSP) led by former minister Choudhary Lal Singh with their party here on Wednesday, expressing hope that his joining will boost the party’s prospects in the Udhampur parliamentary constituency of Jammu and Kashmir.

The 65-year-old Singh, who hails from Kathua district, rejoined the Congress at its headquarters in Delhi 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.

A group of Congress workers assembled at the Shaheedi Chowk party office here and chanted slogans to praise Singh’s decision to rejoin the party.

“We welcome the merger of DSSP with Congress ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. The return of Singh is a big boost for the party as he is a veteran leader with a clean image and secular outlook. He came forward voluntarily to support Rahul Gandhi during the Bharat Jodo Yatra in Jammu and Kashmir,” state Congress working president Raman Bhalla said.

Singh, who had won the Udhampur parliamentary seat twice on a Congress ticket in 2004 and 2009, switched from the Congress to the BJP in 2014 and was also a minister in the previous PDP-BJP government in Jammu and Kashmir which collapsed in June, 2018 after the national party pulled out of the alliance.


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