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    Former National Conference leader Rafiq Shah joins BJP in Jammu-Kashmir

    The Hawk
    February24/ 2024
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    This move comes as several other prominent leaders defect from the National Conference, amidst the party's decision to contest the upcoming parliamentary elections alone.

    Former National Conference Leader Rafiq Shah

    Jammu (Jammu and Kashmir): National Conference leader and former Member of Legislative Council of Jammu and Kashmir, Sayed Mohammad Rafiq Shah, on Friday joined the BJP.
    Shah was welcomed into the party by state BJP President Ravinder Raina.

    Earlier this month, former Minister Mushtaq Bukhari joined the BJP at its headquarters in Jammu.

    Incidentally, several prominent leaders of the National Conference, including Kathua district president Sanjeev Khajuria, had joined the BJP. Many supporters and district officeholders also made the switch from the National Conference to the BJP last month.
    Earlier, Farooq Abdullah announced that his party will contest the upcoming parliamentary elections alone, a decision that is seen as another setback for the opposition INDIA bloc.
    Speaking to reporters in Srinagar on seat sharing, the National Conference chief said, "As far as seat sharing is concerned, National Conference will contest alone and there's no doubt about it."