While the rumour mills are agog over the return of seven expelled Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs back into the party fold in the view of upcoming Narender Modi's Lalkar rally in Jammu on December 1, the sources privy to the party have some interesting information to disclose on their assumed homecoming.
Of the seven MLAs, the party is ostensibly interested to rope in four only while the remaining three including the stalwart Chaman Lal Gupta, Bharat Bhushan and Jagdish Sapolia are not being considered, the reason being the reluctance in the BJP cadre not to give them any mandate in the forthcoming assembly elections.
“The three constituencies held by the respective three are now being contested upon by the new faces who are against their absorption in the party that may lead to stealing back of their chances if Chaman, Bharat or Sapolia are brought back,” the sources said and added that besides, the party was skeptical of their leader not to demand a seat for his son and absorption of all MLAs in the ticket sharing arrangement for the assembly elections.
Though the BJP national president Rajnath Singh during his last visit to Jammu had candidly said that the file of the expelled MLAs was not closed and opened for any contemplation, the national high command did not take the responsibility of reinstating expelled MLAs on its own, leaving it alone on the state BJP to decide.
The state BJP president Jugal Kishore Sharma whenever questioned on the party's consideration to rope in the seven MLAs back into the party always presented a flip-flop answer, putting the onus on the high command as well as the state party's organisational decisions.
If the sources are to be believed, many senior party functionaries are of the opinion to bring back their seven expelled leaders to consolidate the party position, the new bargains, however, taking place in the party over the ticket sharing deal is alleged to belly the hopes of their return.
As per the new order likely to show up in the upcoming assembly elections ticket sharing, Jammu West constituency of Chaman Lal Gupta would be taken over by one among the two between the general secretary and former mayor Kavinder Gupta as well as former Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) president Munish Sharma.
The Basholi constituency held by Jagdish Sapolia is likely to be bagged by Mamta Singh, wife of former president Nirmal Singh, while the reserved constituency of Bharat Bhushan has three candidates in line - Bali Bhagat, Bansi Lal Bharti and SC Morcha president Surinder Bhagat - in waiting.
With such provisions emerging in the party state unit, all likelihood of return of seven BJP MLAs seems plugged.
Narinder Modi mentioning anything of the sort in his Lalkar address is the remotest possibility.