BJP Summons J&K MLAs To Nab Black Sheep15 April 2011
The Economic Times
New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party has secured the resignations of all its 11 MLAs in Jammu and Kashmir, after seven of them cross-voted in the state's Legislative Council Elections held on Wednesday. ' BJP has taken a serious view of the issue. Resignation letters of all 11 MLAs are with the party president and he has called them to Delhi on April 19,' BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters here on Friday. Seven out of the 11 MLAs voted for the National Conference- Congress alliance candidates in the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council elections. While BJP may find it difficult to take tough action in the matter, as it concerns a majority of its MLAs in the state assembly, the party would like to convey the message that cross-voting will not be taken lightly by the leadership. In the MLC elections, the National Conference won three council seats, Congress two and the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party one. BJP candidate Ranjit Singh polled only four votes, when he should have received 11. The cross-voting triggered protests from BJP leaders and workers in the state. Asked if the party was looking into the reasons for the cross-voting, Prasad said 'whatever the reason, we do not find cross-voting appropriate.' BJP general secretary JP Nadda told the media on Thursday night in Jammu that the decision to ask all MLAs to quit was taken at a party meeting. Party chief whip Ashok Khajuria and deputy leader of BJP Legislature Party Jugal Kishore Sharma also have put in their resignations. BJP State President Shamsher Singh Manhas , who was accompanying the Parliamentarians Study Group headed by former national president Rajnath Singh to the state, said either he would resign or the defaulting MLAs will have to submit their resignations. He has said that strict action would be taken against those who indulged in cross-voting.