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J & K NPP Chief and former state minister Harsh Dev Singh, several leaders join AAP

By Priyanka Verma 
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JAMMU and Kashmir: Three times legislator and National Panthers Party (NPP) Chief, former Jammu and Kashmir Education Minister Harsh Dev Singh joined Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Saturday, May 7.

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He has joined AAP along with other leaders of the Panthers Party, including Rajesh Pandgotra provincial president, Gagan Pratap Singh, Purushottam Parihar and Sudesh Dogra.

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This was announced during a presser addressed by AAP leader and Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Singh. Reports here said Harsh Dev Singh had met Aam Aadmi Party leaders in Delhi a month back to discuss the modalities and plans for joining the party.

Last month, former Jammu and Kashmir minister Yash Paul Kundal, ex-legislator Balwant Singh Mankotia and former Congress leader Surinder Singh Shingari joined the Arvind Kejriwal-led party.

Along with them, more than a hundred local leaders including village heads, block development council (BDC) members and district development council (DDC) members also joined the party.

The joining of these leaders is seen as a shot in the arms of the AAP, with the party working to expand its base in Jammu and Kashmir on the back of its performance in Punjab.

He has won Assembly elections from Ramnagar constituency of Jammu division thrice in the past.

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Singh was the chairman of the J&K Panthers Party till Saturday.

AAP is using both nationalism and development to challenge BJP in the region ahead of the assembly elections expected to be held in the Union territory after the completion of the ongoing delimitation exercise.

However, the BJP is confident that AAP’s entry into J&K will not make any difference to their vote bank and Aam Admi Party luring people with promises of freebies will only destroy the economy.

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