Narinder Singh’s elevation in BJP aimed at pacifying Punjabi-speaking population of JK - ECAS Punjab

Narinder Singh’s elevation in BJP aimed at pacifying Punjabi-speaking population of JK

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Dinesh Manhotra

Tribune News Service

Jammu, September 26

The appointment of Dr Narinder Singh, a Sikh leader of the UT, as the national secretary of the BJP is being seen as a move to placate the annoyed Punjabi-speaking population of Jammu and Kashmir amid the ongoing stir against the Jamp;K Official Languages Bill.

Narinder Singh belongs to a PoJK refugee family and is the first leader from Jamp;K who has been inducted in the national team. A former ABVP leader, Singh is professor in the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST), Jammu. He worked as the national vice-president of the ABVP before formally joining the BJP in 2016. He was appointed the general secretary of the party and in 2019, he was made the vice-president of the Jamp;K unit of the BJP.

Various organisations have started agitations in different parts of Jamp;K against the Centre's decision to exclude Punjabi in the official languages of the UT.

Known for his organisational skills due to his RSS and ABVP background, Singh was earlier made incharge of the Kashmir unit of the BJP to expand the party's footprints in the Valley.

"I will work with dedication to come up to the expectations of the party leadership," Singh told The Tribune while expressing his gratitude to the party high command for giving him responsibility at the national level. Narinder Singh said being the national secretary of the party, he would take every section of society into confidence.

Singh had worked under the leadership of the BJP national president JP Nadda in the ABVP during his student days in Himachal Pradesh. He studied at Dr Yashwant Singh Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Solan, Himachal Pradesh.

from The Tribune

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