Azad expresses reservation over proposed drive

Azad expresses reservation over proposed drive
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Jammu: Democratic Progressive Azad Party (DPAP) chairman Ghulam Nabi Azad today expressed reservation over the proposed “anti-encroachment drive.”

Some media reports have been saying the drive will be taken up afresh by the UT administration. “I appeal to the Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha not to take up such drives which spread chaos. There is no rationale for such a drive which would make people lose their homes, land under their possession for around seven decades. This will be unjust as in other parts of the country, such colonies are being regularised,” Azad said.

He was talking to media persons during a party function here. Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) general secretary Anita Thakur , after severing ties with her party, joined the Democratic Progressive Azad Party in presence of Azad.

Azad, while welcoming her into the party fold, described her as an experienced politician.

“We welcome Anitaji into DPAP. She is an experienced politician having served National Panthers party (NPP) for decades together under the leadership of Prof Bhim Singh, who was a secular and a powerful opposition leader,” DPAP chairperson said.

Thakur, while explaining her rationale behind joining DPAP, said that the prevailing political situation of Jammu and Kashmir needed a dynamic and visionary leader to take it out of the morass. She said that she had seen the same hope in Azad who was “fearless and pro-people.”

“I joined the DPAP only because I believe Ghulam Nabi Azad can take Jammu and Kashmir out of the present situation. He is a fearless and transparent leader, who carries vision and mission for his people. Moreover, DPAP talks about secularism, unity and brotherhood. This was the same ideology propagated by Prof Bhim Singh throughout his life and it was the reason for my joining the party,” she said.

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