Former Jammu And Kashmir King's Grandson Joins PDP

8 August 2014
The New Indian Express
Fayaz Wani

Srinagar: The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Jammu and Kashmir received a shot in arm ahead of forthcoming Assembly polls when grandson of former king of State late Maharaja Hari Singh and son of senior Congress leader and former Sadr-e-Riyasat (president of the State) Karan Singh joined the party on Friday. Vikramaditya Singh, grandson of late Maharaja Hari Singh and elder son of Karan Singh joined PDP in presence of party president and former State Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Saeed and his daughter and party president Mehbooba Mufti. Vikramaditya is the second son of Karan Singh to join politics. Karan Singh's family now has association with all three major parties in the State. He himself is associated with Congress, his younger son Ajat Shatru Singh is affiliated with ruling National Conference and is Member of Legislative Council (MLC). While welcoming Vikramaditya in the party, PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed said he was extremely delighted with his joining the party. 'It is not a routine joining function. Today's development is going to change political discourse of the State because this event would be a turning point in cementing relations between Jammu and Kashmir regions', he said. Mufti hoped with the joining of Vikramaditya, PDP's campaign to change destiny of the people of J&K would be further intensified. PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said Vikramaditya has to play an important role to address aspirations of the people of Jammu region. Vikramaditya Singh said he joined PDP by convictions and not by compulsion. Vikramaditya's entry will give PDP a strong foothold in Jammu. Born in 1964, Vikramaditya is presently looking after his hotel business in Himachal Pradesh. He is also a trustee of JK Dharmarth Trust that was formed by his ancestor and the founder ruler of the Jammu and Kashmir State, Maharaja Gulab Singh. He is married to Rajkumari Chitrangada Raje Scindia, daughter of sister of Jyotiraditya Scindia of Gwalior, a Congress leader.