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BJP, expelled MLAs 'mutually disinterested'.

While seven expelled Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs still claim that they are 'deemed party MLAs', as per the status conferred on them by the state Speaker, they have expressed disinterest in attending the December 1 'Lalkar Rally' of the party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

india Updated: Nov 23, 2013 22:00 IST
Vikram Sharma

While seven expelled Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs still claim that they are 'deemed party MLAs', as per the status conferred on them by the state Speaker, they have expressed disinterest in attending the December 1 'Lalkar Rally' of the party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

The state BJP cadre, on the other hand, too does not seem to be in a mood to invite the seven to the rally, even though preparations are in full swing at the party headquarters and invitations are being sent out to all social, political and other organisations.

Refusing to accept the invitation, if he got one, leader of the expelled MLAs Chaman Lal Gupta said, "We are not considering attending the rally. Why should we accept any invitation."

BJP state president Jugal Kishore Sharma said efforts were being made to make the rally successful and all political leaders and social organisations were being contacted to ensure their participation.

However, he claimed that the issue of inviting the expelled MLAs had not come up yet.
"The party will decide whether to invite them, but nothing of the sort has come up for deliberation yet," claimed Kishore.
This holds significance as the seven expelled MLAs enjoy the status of being 'deemed BJP MLAs', yet they do not recognise the BJP cadre in the state as the 'real' party and prefer to stay away from BJP activities in the state, leading rumour mills to start spinning stories about their return to the cadre every time a big party activity is scheduled in the state.

Sources close to both the groups say that their return to the party fold was not a big issue, and they were waiting for the right time.

"The right time could be any time near the elections in the state," maintains one of the sources.