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Jammu, Dec 30 (UNI) Irked by the callous attitude shown to their long-pending demands, the military veterans in Jammu and Kashmir today said they might step into active politics and contest ensuing assembly election with a separate political party consisting of ex-servicemen.

Earlier the ex-servicemen had given a memorandum to the state government on November 26 with an ultimatum to consider their demands of VAT exemption on CSD items and enhancement in the annuity to the decorated war veteran, to be honoured by December 31, 2007.

''Looking at the government's attitude, we are planning to float a political party. The final decision on this will be taken at our Governing Council Meeting in February,'' Jammu and Kashmir Ex-Servicemen League president Maj Gen Goverdhan Singh Jamwal told UNI at the sidelines of a function.

There are more than 1.5 lakh families of defence personnel, with over 15 lakh voters, who can use their right to vote to meet their demands, he said.

However, the Ex-servicemen League said if their demands are not addressed by January 26, 2008, then the war veterans would not accept the annuity from the state government.

Lt Gen Jamwal said the League would submit a memorandum in this regard to the Speaker of J and K Legislative Assembly on January 7 -- the first day of the Budget Session.

UNI

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