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In 2013, when Afzal was hanged, Ratanpuri was the first from a mainstream party to meet Geelani at his Delhi residence.

Written by Arun Sharma , Ruwa Shah | Published: December 8, 2014 12:58:36 am

NC candidate pledges his voice to Geelani

Srinagar: In a poll message uncharacteristic of the National Conference, its Pulwama candidate Ghulam Nabi Ratanpuri has promised to raise “a voice for justice for Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Geelani”. Ratnapuri, a Rajya Sabha member, has promised to raise his voice also for Maqbool Bhat and Afzal Guru.

“Geelani sahib has been put under detention illegally and I stand for him,” Ratanpuri told The Indian Express. “I will fight for his right to be a free man. And I will fight for the remains of Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat.”

In 2013, when Afzal was hanged, Ratanpuri was the first from a mainstream party to meet Geelani at his Delhi residence where he was put under house detention. The broadcaster-turned-NC leader had also named Geelani the “tallest leader of the nation”, comparing him with Sheikh Abdullah. – By Ruwa Shah

Maya sees BJP conspiracy to deprive SCs, OBCs

Jammu: Mayawati today accused the BJP government of privatising works of ministries to deny the benefits of reservation to SCs and OBCs. The BSP chief  asked Jammu and Kashmir voters not to be misled again by the BJP’s false promises.

“During the Lok Sabha elections, all big and small BJP leaders used to tell people their government in Delhi will bring back black money stashed abroad within 100 days. Though there has been a BJP majority government for more than 100 days now, neither the party nor its leader Narendra Modi has initiated any step to fulfil its promises,”  she said at an election rally.

“As part of a conspiracy, the BJP government is privatising the works of its main ministries to deny you the benefits of reservation. There is no reservation for you in the private sector,” she said. – By Arun Sharma

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