The BJP candidate for the Jammu seat in the Legislative Council elections on Wednesday secured just four votes though the party has 11 MLAs in the assembly, exposing the depth of infighting within the organisation.The result comes at a time when a study group comprising senior party leaders are in the state to understand its political problems and their possible solution.
The National Conference and Congress — the ruling coalition partners — secured five out of six seats contested. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) secured one seat from the Kashmir province quota.
“The party leadership has taken a strong view of the result. The senior leadership of the party camping in Srinagar will hold a meeting on Thursday to take further action,” said BJP Spokesperson Jatinder Singh.
Apprehending cross voting, the party had issued a whip, but the result came as a surprise as it showed gross violation of party discipline at the cost of hurting party prospects. The party had issued a whip after the air was rife with rumors that party MLAs were approached by candidates of ruling coalition for their vote.
Bashir Ahmad Shah, Dharambir Singh and Noor Hussain of NC were declared winners. Yashpaul Khajuria and Jahangir Mir of Congress and Mohammad Ashraf Mir of PDP were also elected.
There are reports some leaders suggested cancelling the primary membership of MLAs who had gone for cross voting by identifying them and going for a re-poll.
Later, congratulating the winning candidates Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said victory of all coalition candidates in LC elections vindicated the cohesion and unity between National Conference and Congress.
“Both the parties are on same page and complement each other in translating the pledge of Khushaal Jammu and Kashmir in reality”, he said.
JKPCC chief Saif-ud-Din Soz said the victory of coalition candidates was an “example of the unity and harmony” between the National Conference and Congress.