BJP seeks unconditional apology letter from Mehbooba

JAMMU: The state unit of BJP on Saturday sought unconditional apology letter from former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir state Mehbooba Mufti for allegedly defaming an elected representative of public, MLA Rajesh Gupta.
Former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday while referring to the reports of two of BJP MLAs from Jammu region coming out in support of Article 35-A, which is facing a legal challenge in the Supreme Court.
However, BJP MLA from Jammu East Assembly Constituency, Rajesh Gupta here told reporters and clarified that he is a Nationalistic person and will never utter a single word against the interests of the State or the Nation.
He said that he has never even thought to go against the party line and asked that how he can question the very basic ideology of party and never supported the Article 35-A.
Gupta elucidated that 35-A has only dented the image of Jammu and Kashmir since long and has destroyed the fortunes of the state. Due to 35-A, he said that Giorkhas, Valmikis, Women are devoid of the basic rights.
“West Pakistan Refugees are considered outsiders. Industrialists hesitate to came to state,” he said adding that few days back another Rajesh Gupta gave statement on 35-A and mistakenly one channel gave the name of MLA Rajesh Gupta but the channel soon apologized for the matter.
So the matter after being clarified was taken up by a senior leader like former CM smells of foul play.
Gupta said that BJP will also take the matter into the notice of Speaker of J&K Assembly for the reason that one MLA has deliberately tried to the image of another MLA.
He alleged that this is the result of dirty politics played by the former CM, which will be taken very seriously by the party.
Earlier, BJP Chief Spokesperson Sunil Sethi levelled serious charges on former CM of J&K, Mufti for downplaying with the esteem of an elected representative of public, MLA Rajesh Gupta.
He said that the false and defamatory comments of former CM are unwanted and out of league and she must apologize for it unconditionally.
Sethi said that the former CM must acknowledge her mistake in writing, otherwise BJP can proceed to file defamatory suit against her.
He also said that party’s disciplinary committee has already taken notice of the issue of MLA Dr Gagan Bhagat and already referred to the Party President for further action.