SRINAGAR: Jahanzaib Sirwal, Congress spokesperson for Jammu and Kashmir, made headlines by joining the BJP in New Delhi, praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government for its handling of Kashmir post the abrogation of Article 370.

He lauded the government’s efforts in presenting a “new image” of Kashmir, commending its role in curbing unrest and promoting development in the region.

His defection is viewed as a setback for the Congress, particularly in Kishtwar district, under the Udhampur-Kathua Lok Sabha constituency, reported the Indian Express.

This constituency, slated for polls on April 19, witnesses a fierce battle between the BJP’s incumbent MP, Jitendra Singh, and Congress’s Choudhary Lal Singh, both seasoned politicians with previous terms in office.