On Monday when all party delegation started their journey from Jammu to visit Kishtwar it gave birth to a fresh controversy over the composition of the all party delegation.
The absence of state BJP President Jugal Kishore from the team particularly raised many question marks over the intentions of those who insisted that the name of BJP MLA Ashok Khajuria should be included in the list of members of all party delegation in place of Jugal Kishore.
Party insiders claimed that till last moment Jugal Kishore was adamant to go to Kishtwar and at the same time the state govt authorities and close aide of Chief Minister worked overnight to ensure his name was deleted from the list and the name of BJP MLA Ashok Khajuria was included at the last moment.
It could not be ascertained as to why the govt was keen on keeping Jugal Kishore out of the all party delegation especially when state presidents or provincial presidents of other parties were invited to join the delegation.
From the congress party Janak Raj Gupta, a known loyalist of Ghualm Nabi Azad was included and NC was represented by Devender Singh Rana and SS Slathia. Rana is a provincial president of the party. State president of BSP, SAD,SP, People Democratic Front were invited.
By doing so the state govt agencies have exposed their own style of functioning and have allowed rumour mongers to spread the word at whose behest the name of the state BJP President was struck down from the list and name of BJP MLA Ashok Khajuria was included.
It is no political secret in the corridors of power that the BJP leader enjoys close proximity of a political heavyweight in the state and is considered close to the powers be at the helm. This particular incident has once established the fact and raised question marks over his credentials.