A strong six-member BJP team left Jammu Thursday night to participate in the national working committee meet of the party starting on Saturday at Goa.
Before leaving for the meeting, the party had raised the issue of "illegal detention" of sub-inspector Shiv Krishan Sharma, alias Sonu, by the state police for allegedly involving in anti-national activities for which the state unit has been pressing hard against the government to release him.
The team, led by party president Jugal Kishore Sharma, comprises Jammu East MLA Ashok Khajuria, chief spokesperson Jitender Singh, former presidents Nirmal Singh and Shamsher Singh and state organisation secretary Ashok Koul.
The state unit, besides raising other issues of local importance in the working committee meet, is expected to lay focus on the Shiv Krishan episode and anticipating a full-fledged support from the national high command to raise it at the national level.
Besides, if sources are to be believed, this working committee meeting, being looked upon as the last before the upcoming general elections, is expected to "sort out" some pending issues also.
" Since there have been some attempts from various quarters within and outside the party echelons to settle the issue of seven dismissed MLAs, an issue in this regard is likely to come up in the meet to woo them back into the party fold," said a source privy to BJP office in Jammu.
He said with major chunk of various vote segments in different constituencies held by the dismissed MLAs, the party is feeling low in morale to clinch back the constituencies while putting up new faces.
"Besides, a new party Jammu Kashmir Democratic Front (JKDF) floated by Anil Gupta, another dismissed general secretary of the party and son of Chaman lal Gupta, has openly vowed to extend severe dent to party image in coming elections. This has also given the party holders here to ponder over the threat," he said.
However, as per the recent claim forwarded by Chaman Lal Gupta, he out rightly denied any yearning of 'his group' rejoining the "self-styled BJP" in Jammu.
On the other side, since seven member group has come out of the BJP, the MLAs, besides enjoying 'deemed BJP MLAs' status, are very much on the radar of both the National Conference as well as the PDP for being the prized cache for the general elections.
Since both the regional parties in the NC and the PDP are standing on flimsy grounds in state, seven 'deemed BJP MLAs' would add in the number games in state elections.