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Expelled NC leader remain defiant; says ‘I am a Hindu first’

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Srinagar, Apr 14: The expelled National Conference (NC) leader from Jammu who participated in the Hindu Ekta Manch rally taken out in favour of the accused in Kathua rape and murder case has said that he doesn’t mind his expulsion as he is “a Hindu first, then part of any party”.

Shanti Swaroop, NC’s Hiranagar block president, according to ‘The Indian Express’, said: “But even if they have expelled me, I don’t mind. I am a Hindu first, then part of any party. It is my responsibility to fight injustice done to Hindus. This is why I became part of Hindu Ekta Manch”.

Swaroop as per report claimed unfamiliarly with the party decision, while terming Manch as “above party lines”.

“After all, we have to stand with the Hindu society. Both PDP and NC leaders from Kashmir are against Hindus — they are giving Hindus a bad name,” the report quoted Swaroop as having said.

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