No threat to coalition, ministers' indiscretion created confusion: Madhav

Sergio Conner
April 14, 2018

"We will speak to our party legislature and also to the two ministers who have submitted their resignations", Madhav, who is also the BJP incharge for Jammu and Kashmir, said.

"On 1 March, a huge crowd gathered in Kathua and our ministers went there to pacify them", Ram Madhav said about the two BJP ministers who had attended a rally in support of the accused in Kathua rape and murder case on Friday. But both these ministers cleared that it was not their intention to interfere in the Crime Branch investigation.

Interacting with media here, Madhav said that the resignation of Chandra Prakash Ganga and Lal Singh was sent to state party president first and now it will be sent to the Chief Minister to the same. Chargesheet is completed. Eight people have been arrested including the police officers who were involved in destroying evidence: Ram Madhav.

He said that the ministers decided that they will resign from their post.

Meanwhile, the CPI (M) MLA Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami in a statement asked the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and PDP leadership to explain its position after Mehbooba's brother Tasdauq Mufti said that PDP and BJP have "ended up being partners in a crime (for which) an entire generation of Kashmiris might have to pay with their blood".

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"Dr B R Ambedkar was apostle of social equality and welfare of all the sections of the society and worked throughout his life for the weaker sections", said Mr Madhav while speaking that birth anniversary of Dr Ambedkar here. "Nobody dictates any agenda to us", he said.

The Hindu Ekta Manch, from which the BJP distanced itself, had also taken out a rally holding a tricolour to press for their demand.

Ram Madhav, further insisted that there was no problem in the PDP-BJP alliance in the state. He rejected reports that there was any pressure from his alliance partner PDP for withdrawal of the two ministers. "Is it fine that state keeps on burning and the people become violent..."

Ram Madhav, who is also the BJP in-charge of Jammu and Kashmir, said there is no threat to the PDP-BJP alliance in Jammu and Kashmir.

The girl was kidnapped on January 10 and her body was found on January 17. "Should we allow people to burn the state and die". During investigation, the crime branch alleged that the girl was drugged and repeatedly raped before being killed by hitting her head with stones. Madhav accused the Congress party of playing double standards.

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