With 10 of its MLAs skipping the BJP legislature party meet on Wednesday at Jammu, the party on Thursday downplayed the issue saying there were “no differences in the party.”
“There are no differences in the party and the meeting was only to discuss 2019 parliamentary elections,” senior BJP leader and former deputy chief minister, Kavinder Gupta told that He said that “some” MLAs were absent because they were preoccupied. “Some were in Leh, some in Srinagar. Thus they could not attend the meeting,” he said.
Gupta said that government formation was not in the agenda but it was discussed routinely. “Most of the members favoured government formation,” he said.
He said it was decided that a high-level party delegation will meet the newly appointed Governor Satya Pal Malik on August 31 in Srinagar and urge him to expedite the developmental works across all three regions of the State.
Some of the legislators were of the view that the newly appointed Governor should be given enough time to take up developmental works and other projects in the state before initiating exercise to form new government in the state,” he said.
“A strategy was devised to make party more strong.”
He denied any knowledge about a video of the BJP state unit president, Ravinder Raina, in which the latter purportedly says the new governor is “our man”.
In an embarrassment for the party, BJP state president Ravinder Raina has been caught on tape purportedly mocking the outgoing governor and calling the new governor of Jammu and Kashmir as “our man”.
“Ab Jo Governor Aya Hai Woh Hamara Banda Hai (The Governor who has taken over now, is our man”, Raina could be heard telling a group of people around him.
Satya Pal Malik took the oath as governor of J&K last week. He replaced N N Vohra, who many feel was not given a graceful farewell.
In the video that has gone viral on social media, Raina purportedly said that former governor N N Vohra “was always thrusting his point of view. So we got him replaced with the new one.”
First-time MLA from Nowshera in Rajouri district, Ravinder Raina, was appointed the president of the BJP’s Jammu and Kashmir unit earlier this year.
Raina, an RSS activist, is not new to controversies. He assaulted independent legislator Sheikh Rashid inside the Jammu and Kashmir legislative assembly for hosting a beef party.