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Legislators revolt against BJP, five withdraw resignations

Last Updated: Friday, April 22, 2011 - 14:56

Jammu: Revolting against the BJP high
command, five of its seven suspended MLAs in the Jammu and
Kashmir Legislative Assembly have withdrawn their

"Five of the seven suspended legislators have
withdrawn their resignations after we met the Speaker of the
Legislative Assembly here. We have asked the Speaker in
writing that resignation letters which we handed to our party
high command should be considered withdrawn," suspended BJP
MLA Baldev Sharma said.

"We had resigned on moral grounds. The BJP high
command not only suspended us but also issued show case
notices. So there is no ground for the resignation now,"
Sharma, who led the panel of five suspended legislators to
Speaker, said.

Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Mohmad Akbar Lone,
however, said that he has not received any resignation letter
so far from BJP.

Assembly sources said that five BJP legislators had
met state Assembly Speaker Lone and gave in writing that the
resignation letters which they gave to the party high command
should be considered withdrawn.

The suspended MLAS who withdrew their resignations
include Baldev Raj Sharma (MLA, Reasi), Jadish Raj Sapolia
(MLA, Basholi), Bharat Bhushan (MLA, Domana), Master Lal Chand
(MLA, Bani) and Durga Dass (MLA, Hiranagar).

However, two suspended legislators - former Union
minister and senior BJP leader Prof Chaman Lal Gupta and R S
Pura MLA Prof Garu Ram did not withdraw their resignations.

"I have decided to go for narco and brain mapping test
on my own expense over the cross-voting issue. We want that
all MLAS should go for brain mapping test to see who is
guilty," Sharma said.

BJP high command Nitin Gadkari had suspended seven
party MLAs after a high level Parliamentary Board meeting on
April 20. He also issued them show cause notices over their
act of cross-voting episode in Legislative Council elections
on April 13.

Rest of four MLAs - Deputy leader of BJP Legislative
party Jugal Kishore Sharma, Chief whip Ashok Khajuria, Sham
Choudhary and Sukhnandan Choudhary were given a clean chit.

A day after the incident of cross-voting, the party
had sought and got the resignation letters of all the 11 party
legislators on April 14.

All the 11 legislators involved in cross-voting were
summoned to Delhi on Tuesday.

Seven out of 11 BJP legislators voted for candidates
of the ruling Congress-NC alliance, which won five out of the
six seats for which elections were held.

This became clear when BJP candidate Ranjit Singh
polled only four votes.


First Published: Friday, April 22, 2011 - 14:56
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