In a move that can create political storm in the state,the Jammu Kashmir National Panthers Party has admitted that one of its MLAs voted in favour of ruling National Conference-Congress coalition during the recent Rajya Sabha polls under duress.
Identifying the MLA as Yash Pal Kundal,a party release in Jammu said that he in defiance of the party whip voted for the ruling coalition as he faced threat to his life. Pointing out that an inquiry into the matter was conducted by a senior party leader Bansi Lal Sharma,the release said that the MLA apologised for his action. However,a final decision into the matter will be taken by the party’s working committee,it added.
Earlier Panthers Party had issued a whip to all its three MLAs that should vote in favour of PDP in the Rajya Sabha elections. Panthers Party said that the party had taken a decision that its MLAs should give a first preference vote to PDP candidate and the second preference vote to the BJP candidate.
The party said that the decision asking its members to vote in favour of the opposition candidates was to defeat the ruling coalition candidate. However,while the two MLAs voted for PDP candidate,one voted for the ruling coalition.
On the elections which were held for two Rajya Sabha seats on February 13,ruling NC bagged both the seats. NC President,Farooq Abdullah,and its senior leader,Mohammad Shafi Uri,were elected to the Rajya Sabha. Earlier former Chief Minister,Ghulam Nabi Azad,and Congress State President and Union Water Resource Minister,Prof Saifudin Soz,were elected unopposed to the upper house of parliament.