BJP Would Be 'wiped Off' From JK, Says Expelled Leader11 December 2011
Srinagar: Dismissing rumors that he alongwith five other ‘disqualified’ MLAs was mulling to join either National Conference or Congress, senior BJP leader and MLA, Chaman Lal Gupta Sunday said there was no question of joining either of the two. “My doors are open for all and anyone can come to meet him. However, there is no question that I or my other MLAs will join NC or Congress,” Gupta said. When asked to comment on his recent meetings with some NC and Congress leaders, Gupta said, “I even refused Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah’s offer to join NC as he was willing to make me Deputy Chief Minister. When I refused it then, how is it possible now.” Commenting on BJP high command’s decision to recommend his and five other MLA’s disqualification from the state Assembly, he said, “It is a big loss for BJP. The party would be wiped off from the state due to this immature decision.” “We are six MLAs and are united. My colleagues accept me as party legislature leader and whatever decision I take they will accept,” he said. The Speaker Legislative Assembly Muhammad Akbar Lone confirmed that he received a letter from BJP leadership seeking disqualification of six MLAs from the membership of the House. “I have received a letter and have asked my secretariat to examine it and find out all the recommendations made to this office after the controversy. The letter is under examination and the Assembly Secretariat has been asked to prepare a note and bring it before me,” he said. Lone said he would also hear the other side (MLAs) and take a decision only after taking legal opinion from Advocate General (AAG) and Law Department. “Besides, one of the members Chaman Lal Gupta had also filed a writ petition in the court and all these issues will be taken into account prior to any decision on the letter,” he added.