J&K cross-voting: BJP disqualification notices to 7 MLAs

The BJP on Monday issued notices to its seven MLAs, disqualifying them for cross-voting in Legislative Council polls on April 13.

Last Updated: May 24, 2011, 00:01 AM IST

Jammu: The BJP on Monday issued notices to
its seven MLAs, disqualifying them for cross-voting in
Legislative Council polls on April 13.

"Acting leader of BJP legislative party Jugal Kishore
Sharma on Monday issued to 7 party legislators, notice for
disqualification from the posts of MLAs," BJP State Chief
Spokesperson & National Executive Member Dr Jitendra Singh
told reporters here on Monday.

He said that as per para 2(1) (b) of the 7th Schedule
of J&K Constitution, BJP chief whip Ashok Khajuria filed a
petition for disqualification of the legislators to acting
leader of house Jugal Kishore Sharma for violating the whip.

The 7 MLAs are Prof Chaman Lal Gupta, Bharat Bhushan,
Prof Gharu Ram Bhagat, Baldev Sharma, Master Lal Chand,
Jagdish Raj Sapolia and Durga Dass, he said.

"The objections, if any, to notice can be filed within
one week," he said.

Dr Singh said all aspects are being looked at by the
party High Command.

On May 19, seven suspended MLAs defied summons of the
central leadership and today refused to appear before the
party`s disciplinary committee in New Delhi, questioning the
grounds on which they were suspended.

"The decision has been taken and we will not be going
to appear before the disciplinary committee. None of us (seven
suspended legislators) will go," suspended Leader of BJP
Legislative Party Chaman Lal Gupta said.

"What can we do there? What will we go there for? They
have called all 11 MLAs, but out of them seven of us have been
declared culprits and four have been exonerated -- but on what
basis," he asked.

"We have been repeatedly asking the party leadership
on what basis we have labeled as culprits. Is there any
document or proof with them? But they have no answers," he
said, adding, "We want answers from them."

PTI

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