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Five expelled BJP MLAs to return to party fold

The return of five of the seven members of legislative assembly (MLAs) expelled from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to the party fold seems eminent, with the MLAs holding a 'secret' meeting with party president Rajnath Singh and leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley.

india Updated: Jan 10, 2014 19:11 IST
Vikram Sharma
Vikram Sharma
Hindustan Times

The return of five of the seven members of legislative assembly (MLAs) expelled from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to the party fold seems eminent, with the MLAs holding a 'secret' meeting with party president Rajnath Singh and leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley.


Sources privy to these MLAs disclosed that Gharu Ram Bhagat, Bharat Bhushan, Baldev Sharma, Lal Chand and Durga Dass recently met both national BJP leaders, and have got "the final nod" for their return.
However, senior leader Chaman Lal Gupta and Jagdish Raj Sapolia did not figure among the returnees, the sources added.

Jammu and Kashmir prabhari and member of parliament Avinash Rai Khanna did not acknowledge the development, but assured that if it happened, "the information would be released into the public domain immeditately".

If sources are to be believed, the state unit had no problem with the return of five MLAs other than Bashohli MLA Sapolia and Gupta, who had wanted that his son Anil Gupta be taken back in the party. The national high command had expressed no concern over the return of the expelled MLAs.

"We had held a couple of meetings with Chaman Lal Gupta and expressed our desire to rejoin the party unconditionally. We left the decision up to him," admitted one of the expelled MLA, presently in queue for return, pleading anonymity.

According to the rumour mill, while the national high command has not closed the file, as was said by BJP national president Rajnath Singh in his last media interaction here, leaving the onus on the state party, the state unit is juggling with issues like Chaman's keenness for his son to join the party. The party "bigwigs" do not want Chaman's "élan to overtake their party position" in the upcoming parliamentary and state assembly elections.

As for Jagdish Sapolia, he is alleged to have played an instrumental role in the formation of the JKDF, besides supporting three JKDF youths who had created ruckus in the assembly last year by jumping into the well over the issue of high unemployment rate in the state.

It is believed that a national leader will soon visit Jammu to announce the comeback of these five MLAs.

First Published: Jan 10, 2014 19:10 IST