Kathua: Crisis in BJP-PDP coalition averted after 2 ministers resign

Alfred Osborne
April 15, 2018

Friday's resignation by the two BJP ministers - Choudhary Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga - has helped calm tempers in the PDP, which was desperate to continue the alliance. "We are in touch with Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who is of the view that the BJP should take a stand on these two ministers and the Prime Minister also advised us to take appropriate action to send a right message to people", Ram Madhav said. However, he added, "Certain amount of discretion should have been maintained".

Madhav, largely credited for stitching together the ruling combine of the BJP and the PDP, denied that the two ministers had been asked to resign following pressure from its senior partner in the government.

The two had attracted widespread anger and criticism for attending a meeting of the Hindu Ekta Manch in Hiranagar area of Kathua district.

The BJP leader said that as far Rohingyas were concerned, Union Home Ministry was seized of the matter and effective steps would be taken "very soon".

He said that the ministers' intention was not to hamper the investigation going on in the case. "We have a common agenda and we both work towards fulfilling our commitments to the people of Jammu and Kashmir".

"There is no trouble in the BJP-PDP alliance".

We must have "Samvedna", he stressed, adding, "the last person standing in line" is in sight of our government following the thoughts of Dr Ambedkar and Deendayal Upadhayay as "Antodaya".

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Claiming that it was because of the BJP that the chargesheet had been readied against the Kathua accused on time, Madhav said it showed that there had been no interference or attempt to create obstacles in the inquiry by anyone.

He said the resignation letters were now being forwarded to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.

Madhav said the brutal rape and murder had "shaken the conscience" of the nation, and said parties, especially the Congress, "should not bring politics or religion into it".

The BJP also sought to address the concerns of its core constituency in Hindu-majority Jammu by demanding that the Mehbooba government scrap an order sympathetic to nomadic tribes, including that to which the eight-year-old victim belonged.

"However, he said, since there was a public demand for a CBI probe, I said we will put forth the demand before the Chief Minister".

The state government has been told to withdraw the directive on forestland encroachments by nomads, PTI quoted Ram Madhav, the BJP's minder for the state, as saying in Jammu.

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