More expose of BJP MLAs to come soon: NC

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jammu
  • Updated: Jun 17, 2014 18:56 IST

The National Conference, at a press conference on Tuesday, denied allegations of passing "derogatory" remarks against Dogra pagri (headgear).

The BJP had blamed the chief minister (CM) Omar Abdullah of making the comment at a function on Monday where Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members of legislative assembly (MLA) raised slogans against the government for the power outages in the city.

The CM, referring to BJP MLA Ashok Khajuria, said that he never protested for the cause of Jammu but always went to the CM's chamber for personal favours, which led to a war of words between the two parties.

The NC press conference was held after the conference of BJP MLAs where Khajuria alleged that the CM had passed "caustic and derogatory remarks" against the headgear and disrespected the community of the Jammu region.

"The CM did not even use the word Dogra pagri. All he said was that by wearing a Dogra pagri a person cannot become a representative of the Jammu region," NC provincial (Jammu)president Devender Rana said.

Alleging that the BJP MLAs resorted to deceit and falsehood on being exposed by the CM, Rana said, "These BJP MLAs have been consistently coming for personal favours, first when Dr Farooq Abdullah was the CM, and now to Omar Abdullah. They would virtually bow before Omar and praise him for his good work. But publicly they are saying the opposite."

The expose of BJP MLAs is just a preface of a book, leaves of which will be unfolded in the days to come, said Rana. It will show the people the real faces of the representatives they elected, he added.

"Their pursuit for personal gains will not only surprise the people of Jammu but will even shock their own central leadership in New Delhi when the facts come out," he said.

The BJP had expelled seven MLAs for cross voting in the member of legislative council (MLC) elections in 2010, which supposedly ensured the victory of the NC-Congress candidates. BJP had only recently revoked suspension of six MLAs.

The Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP) had consistently alleged that NC used these BJP MLAs as daily wagers for its political game. There were also allegations that money was traded to seek the support of the expelled MLAs, although NC denied them.

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