SRINAGAR: The Shiv Sena (Hindustan) Wednesday claimed that 200 people joined the right wing political party in northern Kashmir’s Sumbal area. “Two hundred people joined our party in Sumbal Nowgam,” Shiv Sena (Hindustaan), President Kashmir region, Abdul Khalid Bhat said. “They are our proud members now. We welcomed them with open arms.”
Bhat, who hails from Chadoora, said that people were jubilant on joining the party and took out a rally holding party flags showing their support.
“We discussed basic problems faced by the people in the area with the newly arrived members. The members apprised me about the political situation prevailing in the area. I pledged them that I would do my utmost to address those problems,” Bhat said.
“I told them we are not double crossers like PDP, Congress and National Conference. We have one policy which we follow,” he added. He said that Shiv Sena wants to change the mindset of people so that the party is not stigmatized.
“Shiv Sena Hindustan is not anti-Muslim. There is an impression in Kashmir that the party is responsible for Muslim sufferings. It is not. We want to change this thinking in Kashmir,” Bhat said.
He said that Kashmir wing of the party has constituted district bodies in Badgam and Bandipora.
“We have around 1000 members in Kashmir. We will increase our activities in Kashmir to consolidate the party,” Bhat added.