Jammu: Showing rebellious attitude towards Bharatiya Janata Party in Jammu, seven legislators who were suspended for cross-voting during the legislative council elections have refused to respond to party’s notice of disqualifying them. The rebel leaders are now planning a show of strength by proving their majority in the Assembly.

Earlier, some legislators were of the view that anti-defection law should be used against the four legislators. Hence, the role of the Assembly Speaker Akbar Lone has become crucial.

However, after meeting with the seven legislators, Lone has cleared his stand by saying that he will not accept party’s notice.

According to BJP legislator Jagdish Spolia, “Professor Chaman Lal is the leader of Legislative Party rather than Jugal Kishore. Hence, in this situation it does not make any sense to respond to Kishore’s notice”.

BJP’s next step would be to call on speaker to discuss the issue. A senior BJP leader said that after May 30 BJP will decide on the case.

Evidently, the BJP’s notice period is ending on May 30. Meanwhile, seven legislators will meet in Srinagar to decide their future strategies.

JPN/Bureau