Jammu: The seven MLAs expelled from the BJP have opened a front against the party high command by writing a letter to Jammu and Kashmir Assembly Speaker Mohammad Akbar Lone, stating that they still consider Professor Chaman Lal Gupta as their leader.

For further proving their stand, the legislators said they are ready to undergo NARCO and brain mapping test provided it should be subjected to all 11 MLAs.

BJP’s Central Parliamentary Board on Wednesday had suspended the seven MLAs, Chaman Lal Gupta, Jagdish Sapolia, Master Lal Chand, Gharu Ram, Baldev Raj Sharma, Durga Das and Bharat Bhushan, for cross voting in the recently concluded legislative council elections.

For the first time on Friday, Baldev Raj and Master Lal Chand alleged that few legislators who wanted to sideline Prof Chaman Lal had hatched the conspiracy for the entire episode. Targeting the chief whip, Ashok Khajuria, they said the latter was already aware of the cross voting. Even their suggestion to stay away from the voting process was not accepted, the MLAs added.

Baldev Raj said, “I was even influenced that PDP candidate Bharat Bhushan Gupta is a relative of a senior BJP leader and he had extended help to (Khajuria) in getting the ticket. Besides, it was also said four more party legislators would vote for him.”

JPN/Bureau