Amid raging controversy over release of Masarat Alam, the newly elected MLAs of the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) Monday called on Chief Minister, Mufti Muhammad Sayeed and registered strong protest and also demanded that a Steering Committee be constituted to ensure smooth implementation of the Common Minimum Programme (CMP).
"The BJP legislatures on the directions of State President, Jugal Kishore Sharma also submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister mentioning therein that the state coalition government must run on the CMP, and anything beyond that will not be acceptable to the party", party sources informed.
"We also demanded from the Chief Minister that if somebody from the BJP was consulted over the matter (release of Alam), his name should be made public", party General Secretary and newly elected MLA, Rajeev Jasrotia informed.
"We demanded that he should be re-arrested, and any decision on contentious issues should be taken only after consultation with the Steering Committee," he further informed. He also said, "The Chief Minister assured that the Steering Committee having Presidents of both the parties and four members from each party will be constituted very soon".
The memorandum states, "The BJP strongly opposes and rejects the decision of releasing Masrat Alam and impresses that his conduct after release and the statements made by him are fresh inputs to consider his fresh detention under PSA immediately in the interest of the security of the state".
The memorandum also states, "The BJP also forcefully urges that the Steering Committee as required by CMP, should be immediately constituted and all contentious issues should be discussed before taking any decision thereon".
The legislatures who called on Chief Minister included MLC Vibodh Gupta, MLAs—Sat Sharma, Ajay Nanda, Dr Gagan Bhagat, RS Pathania, Daleep Parihar, Shakti Parihar and Neelam Lengeh.