State unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party has decided to drag chief minister Omar Abdullah into court for his hard allegations against the party leaders, charging them of begging for personnel favours instead of doing anything good for Jammu.
"The party is going to take stern action against the chief minister, who has charged BJP leaders with baseless allegations that has hurt sentiments of the party and people of Jammu. He needs to be dragged into court to seek answers with proofs about his allegations against us," said BJP legislative leader and Jammu east MLA Ashok Khajuria while talking to mediapersons here on Tuesday. However, he has not given any time frame for any such action.
On a query as to whether the party will file defamation suit for alleged damage caused by CM's statement on BJP leader(s) wearing turbans for appearance on cameras and reaching his office chamber in person to seek personnel benefits, Khajuria said that Omar's public rhetoric tantamount to character assassination of the BJP leaders and the party has called for an emergent meeting to take stern measures against his demeanor, including the court case, against him soon.
Khajuria also denied to have ever approached the chief minister for any personnel gains and has dared Omar to prove it in the court.
"These MLAs have come to my chamber several times to meet me but I have never heard a single word from them pertaining to problems of Jammu, leave aside the acute power and water crisis. They have always talked of transfers, selections and seats for their relatives and other people. Today, they have suddenly realised the problems of Jammu, to grab space in media after observing cameras in the function," Omar had said in a hard hitting attack on the BJP MLAs saying the party leaders have "double standards" as they have never raised the issue connected with the people of Jammu region during closed door meetings with him.
Without naming a MLA, although he had referred to Khajuria, he said: "A person just by wearing Pagri (headgear) can't become custodian of people of Jammu.
For last six years this person would come to me and Farooq Abdullah (NC president) endlessly for transfers of officials, admissions, jobs for relatives and other petty benefits."
Omar's strong reaction had come during a function at the Jammu Club to launch second phase of Re-structured Accelerated Power Development Reforms Programme (R-APDRP), which the BJP had tried to disrupt.
The BJP legislative leader, however, ducked certain questions pertaining to party's cross voting fiasco of 2011 and disqualification of its seven MLAs saying that the issue was handled by national high command and state party had no role in it.
Jammu and Kashmir state prabhari Avinash Rai Khana twice disconnected the calls from Hindustan Times and the state BJP president and newly crowned MP Jugal Kishore Sharma in Modi Cabinet had diverted his call, purportedly to avoid any query.