New Delhi: The cross-voting by 7 BJP MLAs in the recently held Legislative Council poll in Jammu & Kashmir has left the party in a state of dilemma. Despite the raging fumes within the party, the leadership is refraining from taking any stringent action against the erring legislators.
   
BJP president Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday evening held a meeting with the state as well as central leaders of the party to decide the fate of the legislators amid indications that no drastic action will be taken against them. However, the central leadership decided to put off the issue as of now.

BJP central leadership had taken strong exception to seven of its 11 MLAs from Jammu & Kashmir voting against the party line during the council election. The MLAs had allegedly voted for National Conference and Congress candidates.

The BJP after winning an unprecedented 11 seats had reaped a rich electoral harvest in Jammu following the Amarnath shrine land agitation winning an unprecedented 11 seats. In this context, the party is under tremendous pressure to take action against the 7 MLAs.

But political feasibility indicates that there is a very rare chance of party taking stern action in view of the fact that there is no evidence to find out the 7 party MLAs, out of the 11, who have cross voted.

In Tuesday’s meeting presided over by BJP national president Nitin Gadkari, alongwith BJP general secretary Ananth Kumar, state in-charge OP Kohli, state president Shamsher Singh, the accused MLAs also were present.

According to sources, all the accused BJP MLAs appeared before Gadkari one by one and were allowed to present their version.

Sources reveal that the party leadership is in a fix. Any action against the MLAs may compel them to join other party. Considering this factor, the leadership is withholding any action as of now as it does not want to lose any of its 11 MLAs.

(JPN/ Bureau)