Hindustan Times (Amritsar) - - Region -

JAMMU: The state BJP on Satur­day evening said it will file a defama­tion suit against for­mer CM and PDP pres­i­dent Me­hbooba Mufti, who claimed that BJP MLA Ra­jesh Gupta also sup­ported Ar­ti­cle 35-A in Jammu and Kash­mir.

Ad­dress­ing me­dia here this evening, party’s chief spokesper­son ad­vo­cate Su­nil Sethi said, “The party is con­cerned with un­war­ranted state­ment of for­mer CM Me­hbooba Mufti, who at­trib­uted Ar­ti­cle 35- A to MLA Ga­gan Bha­gat and also to MLA Ra­jesh Gupta say­ing that these two per­sons have sup­ported 35-A.”

“So far, her state­ment against Gupta is con­cerned, it is ab­so­lutely false. The other day a news chan­nel had clar­i­fied im­me­di­ately af­ter at­tribut­ing it to party MLA Ra­jesh Gupta that he favoured 35-A. Now, Me­hbooba Mufti’s state­ment on Gupta is defama­tion and will serve a no­tice to her and le­gal ac­tion will be taken.”

Sethi also said that the mat­ter will be taken to the assem­bly speaker Dr Nir­mal Singh and ap­prise him that a sit­ting MLA has lev­elled false al­le­ga­tions on an­other sit­ting MLA and hence he should take se­ri­ous cog­ni­sance.

Gupta also ex­pressed his re­grets over the man­ner Me­hbooba Mufti dragged his name.

“There was a name­sake in the party in 2014 who had given a state­ment . To­day he has no role. The news chan­nel wrongly aired it but re­canted it and apol­o­gised. I will file a defama­tion suit against Me­hbooba for ma­lign­ing my im­age. I am a true na­tion­al­ist and can­not go against party lines,” he said.

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