Jammu and Kashmir National Panther Party (NPP) chief and former state minister Harsh Dev Singh joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Jammu today.
He has joined the AAP along with other Panthers Party leaders, including provincial president Rajesh Pandgotra, Gagan Pratap Singh, Purushottam Parihar and Sudesh Dogra.
Sources say that Harsh Dev Singh, a three-time lawmaker, had met with AAP leaders in the capital a month ago to discuss methods and plans to join the party.
Last month, former Jammu and Kashmir minister Yash Paul Kundal, former Mankotia lawmaker Balwant Singh and former Congress chief Surinder Singh Shingari joined Arvind Kejriwal’s 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 merger of these leaders is seen as a blow at the hands of the AAP, with the party seeking to expand its bases in Jammu and Kashmir on the back of its performance in Punjab.
The AAP is using both nationalism and development to challenge the BJP in the region ahead of rally elections expected to be held in Union territories after the completion of ongoing demarcation exercises.
However, the BJP is confident that the entry of AAP into J&K will not bring any change to their vote bank and Parti Aam Admi luring the people with the promise of free giving will only destroy the economy.