Mehbooba Mufti calls crucial PDP meeting, coalition with BJP on stake

Alicia Farmer
April 14, 2018

"There may be a change of portfolio of one minister who has also been playing the communal card to keep the Jammu region on boil over the arrest of culprits in Kathua case", sources said.

Pleading anonymity reliable sources in BJP told KNB that Choudhary Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga were forced to tender the resignations by BJP high command over their alleged involvement in support of the Kathua Rape and Murder case accused.

Kathua rape-murder case: The body of the girl was recovered from Rassana forest on January 17, a week after she went missing while grazing horses in the forest area.

Ahead of the crucial PDP meeting, senior party leader Nayeema Mehjoor, who is also the state's women commission chief, has spoken out and demanded the Chief Minister to pull out from the coalition with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The girl was attacked to scare away the nomadic Muslim community out of the village.

"The state party president will send the resignations of two ministers to J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti later today".

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On Monday, lawyers in Kathua had tried to prevent the Crime Branch from filing the charge sheet in the case.

The BJP today made a decision to forward the resignation letters of the ministers - Choudhary Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga - to the Chief Minister.

"This serves as a cue that the people of Jammu and Kashmir can hold a beacon of hope for the whole country amid the harshly polarized discourse", she added.

Madhav maintained that the two BJP leaders had gone to Kathua in March to pacify the public and also to look into the matter of the gruesome crime.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Hurriyat Conference on Thursday said that while Jammu Bar Association "with active support of members of INC and Panthers Party" were enforcing Bandh and taking out rallies in favour of rapists and murderers of minor Asifa, the state administration and police were acting like mute spectators. Certainly, there was a lack of discretion.

This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire.

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