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BJP sends legal notice to ex-MLA

‘For anti-party activities in J&K’

The BJP’s Jammu unit on Thursday issued a defamation notice to expelled party leader Gagan Bhagat, who served as an MLA, for his remarks against the leadership, saying “the party was going to lose in the upcoming Assembly polls”.

A BJP spokesman said the party disciplinary committee decided to move court after Dr. Bhagat’s “anti-party activities and malicious campaign”.

Dr. Bhagat, ex-MLA from R.S. Pura, has attacked BJP State president Ravinder Raina and State general secretary Ashok Kaul in his statements.

Dr. Bhagat accused the party of being “anti-Dalit”. “The role of a general secretary is to concentrate on strengthening the organisation network, but Mr. Kaul is more concerned about controlling funds of the party,” he alleged.

He said he knows how Ministers were chosen “and where money changed hands”. “They have filled their coffers and have done nothing for the people, including those living along the International Border, who are direct targets of Pakistan’s shelling,” he said.

In response, the BJP said it has served a legal notice on Dr. Bhagat for levelling unfounded, vexatious, malicious, abusive and defamatory remarks against Mr. Raina and Mr. Kaul.

Petition in SC

Dr. Bhagat faces an expulsion notice from the party, days after he filed a petition on December 3 before the Supreme Court over Governor Satya Pal Malik’s move to dissolve the Assembly.

In his latest interview, he dared the BJP to announce a chief minister candidate ahead of the Assembly polls. “The party’s State leadership is dictatorial and would face a drubbing in the next Assembly election,” he said.

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