Claiming that they were in a majority, the seven "disqualified" legislators of Bharatiya Janata Party said on Friday that they were the 'real' representatives of the party and had written to Jammu and Kashmir assembly speaker to disqualify the four remaining MLAs.
"Assembly speaker Akbar Lone said on the floor of the House that all seven members belong to BJP and cannot be treated as 'expelled' or 'disqualified'. He also announced senior leader Chaman Lal Gupta as legislative party leader in the House," Jagdish Raj Sapolia, BJP MLA, flanked by six others, told reporters at a press conference here on Friday afternoon.
The BJP high command had 'expelled' seven MLAs for their alleged involvement in cross-voting in MLC elections on April 14, 2011 in favour of National Conference and Congress.
"We have majority of seven MLAs and are the real BJP representatives in Jammu and Kashmir," Sapolia said.
He further said the legislators have also written to the speaker to suspend four MLAs, namely Ashok Khajuria, Jugal Kishore, Choudhary Sham Lal and Choudhary Sukhnandan from the BJP.
Senior leader Chaman Lal Gupta alleged that funds sanctioned to the party were being 'misused' and were not being spent to strengthen the party cadre.
The MLAs further said the cross-voting episode was part of a design to weaken the nationalist voice of the state."It is our belief that to bring an end to the so-called Kashmir problem, all the barriers between Jammu and Kashmir and rest of India should immediately be demolished," the MLAs said.