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BJP MLAs divided on supporting VK Singh

Vikram Sharma, Hindustan Times  Jammu, October 15, 2013
First Published: 20:13 IST(15/10/2013) | Last Updated: 20:17 IST(15/10/2013)

A difference of opinion has cropped up between the BJP MLAs on the issue of former army chief General VK Singh's statement on money transfer to the state ministers.

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While the four BJP MLAs in the opposition have strongly objected to any move against the former army chief regarding his statement, the other seven expelled but "deemed BJP MLAs" are of the view that General Singh should have been summoned in the assembly for a debate on the issue of payoffs.

"We are of the firm opinion that the army has a very creditable role to play and the revelation made by General VK Singh is not in good taste that brings certain issues out in the open, which is quite unfortunate. When a finger has been raised on the ministers taking money from the army since 1947, we had sought adjournment motion on the issue so that Singh should come for a debate and elaborate on his point of view," said Chaman Lal Gupta, senior of the seven expelled BJP MLAs.

Gupta said he as a minister in the state as well as at the Centre and had an ideological integrity with India and it is not for money. He said General VK Singh's claim that ministers should get money from the army to run administration is false and without any substance.

The 'deemed BJP MLA' also said the remaining four MLAs should have joined the seven to seek a reply from General VK Singh instead of raking up their "own agenda".

State BJP president Jugal Kishore Sharma, while responding to the query, expressed ignorance over Chaman Lal Gupta's claim but said BJP legislature party leader Ashok Khajuria had raised the issue of defending General VK Singh in the assembly if any untoward move is initiated by any political party.

"I do not know what hidden agenda the seven expelled MLAs are carrying forward as I am of the opinion that they were guided by some forces to call for the adjournment motion on General VK Singh issue," Jugal Kishore said, adding that his party's stand is very clear on the issue and it will fight all forces inimical to Singh.

It is pertinent to mention that Chaman Lal Gupta who had sought the adjournment motion over VK Singh's claims in the recently-concluded assembly session had remained on the same page with the PDP while it created ruckus in the House over Singh's money transfer issue that left the entire session without business.


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