Davinder Singh Rana

The businessman turned politician who is generally seen flanking Omar on most occasions, and rarely heard, poured his heart out loud and clear this week.
Soon after Omar submitted a conditional resignation to the governor, Rana told reporters that allegations against Omar were baseless and frivolous and that Omar has set a new discourse in the politics of the subcontinent. After his debut, Rana was all over the television channels, defending his boss fiercely.
A late entrant into National Conference, Rana is still seen by many party stalwarts as an outsider. That does not prevent him from holding one of the key positions in the party, given his proximity to Omar Abdullah. Officially he is the political adviser to the chief minister, and has been his trusted lieutenant for a long time now.
Rana countered People’s Democratic Party legislator Muzaffar Hussain Baig on television chat shows, over the latter’s allegation. Digging out a statement made by Muzaffar Hussain Baig on June 25 2006, Rana gave him a tough fight. “Some miscreants are linking me, Chief Minister Mr. Ghulam Nabi Azad and National Conference President Omar Abdullah with the scandal which is unfortunate. The girls who are involved in the scandal used to sell themselves for mere Rs. 250. How can you trust them?” Rana quoted Baig’s statement. “But unfortunately fingers are being raised towards every Minister and MLA. Uncertainty is prevailing but case is lying in the hands of CBI and High Court is monitoring properly,” Rana added while quoting from Baig’s statement.

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