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Vishwa Hindu Parishad , Bajrang Dal eye 2 council seats

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and the Bajrang Dal (BD) have asked the Bharatiya Janata Party to include at least two of their members for the upcoming legislative council elections in the state.

india Updated: Feb 14, 2015 23:37 IST
Vikram Sharma

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and the Bajrang Dal (BD) have asked the Bharatiya Janata Party to include at least two of their members for the upcoming legislative council elections in the state.

Both the right wing parties say that the BJP has risen to the second position in the state representing the aspirations of the people of the Jammu region after it got the launching pad in the aftermath of the Amarnath land row in 2008.

Talking to Hindustan Times, Shakti Dutt Sharma, vice president Vishwa Hindu Parishad, said that the BJP grabbed the opportunity on the movement launched by the VHP and the BD.

"The BJP had 11 MLAs in 2009, it had only one MLA who represented Jammu earlier. Now, they have 25
and are in a position to form the government also. This is the right time the party should include people from the other social strata also, so that the actual ideology of the people of Jammu could be highlighted and represented in the governance," said Shakti Dutt Sharma, who is also the organising secretary of the Amarnath Yatri Niyas.

The VHP executive body meet has forwarded two names, Shakti Dutt Sharma and Rajesh Gupta, to the BJP core committee for inclusion into the council list to be submitted to the BJP high command for consideration.

Shakti confirmed, "Yes, the VHP has forwarded our names (Shakti Dut Sharma and Rajesh Gupta) to BJP core committee to be considered for nomination for the council seats."

It is pertinent to mention here that the BJP core committee meet was held on Friday at the residence of BJP MLA Kavinder Gupta, which was attended by MP Jugal Kishore Sharma, RS member Shamsher Singh, BJP organisational secretary Ashok Koul and MLA Bali Bhagat.

The BJP and the PDP are jointly contesting the 11 council seats. Though there is a tacit understanding between the two to field nine MLCs - five from the PDP and four from the BJP, the BJP is contemplating to field one from Kashmir and one from Ladkah and two from Jammu.

While the BJP and the PDP are eyeing nine seats out of 11, if they reach quick consensus on government formation before March 2, they would benefit from two women nominations which can boost their MLC tally to 10, even leaving the NC and the Congress contented with one MLC only.