“Either I go or all the 11 MLAs have to resign for the most heinous crime committed by them,” said state BJP chief Shamsher Singh on Thursday, furious at the cross-voting by at least seven of the legislators in the legislative council polls.
They voted for the rival NC-Congress combine.
Since it is difficult to detect which seven violated the party diktat, Singh preferred the hard line. Talking to Hindustan Times from Srinagar, he said, “I have nothing more to say beyond that and I am going to strike as soon as possible.”
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 came at a time when a study group comprising senior party leaders is in the state to understand Jammu and Kashmir's political problems.
The National Conference and Congress — the ruling coalition partners — secured five out of the six seats contested. The PDP secured one seat from the Kashmir quota.
Former union minister and state party legislator leader Chaman Lal Gupta said a “historic blunder” had been committed by the MLAs but ruled out resignations as a solution.
“A decision on taking stern action against the (offenders) will be initiated soon after the culprits are identified,” he said.
A BJP MLA said since the party had gone through the same experience in a Rajya Sabha election, this incident had not created much surprise.