.Jammu NRG11 JK-PROTEST-BJP JKNPP demands resignation of BJP ministers

Sergio Conner
April 16, 2018

The Chief Minister forwarded the resignation of the two ministers to the state Governor.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday accepted the resignations of the two Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ministers who were present at the rally organised on April 9.

"Taking into consideration the situation and the general perception, the two ministers in consultation with party leaders made a decision to resign from their posts, " said BJP's national general secretary Ram Madhav after chairing a meeting of the party leaders in Jammu.

BJP sources say that while the party is committed to securing the interests of Hindus in Jammu region, one of its factions has accused former ministers Chaudhary Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga of damaging the PDP-BJP coalition government by seeking to inflame protests against it.

With the two BJP ministers stepping down now, Ms Mufti said a sense of justice had been reinforced in the state.

On January 17, an eight-year-old girl was allegedly abducted, drugged, raped, tortured and killed in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district.

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Another accused, a woman who had allegedly lured the victim, has also been arrested by the police.

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 media was hitting at the party's image, and they resigned". The CBI team also arrested six suspended police personnel from Unnao and brought them to Lucknow for questioning. He said though the ministers had not opposed a Crime Branch inquiry into the matter, there was some indiscretion on their part in handling the situation.

She also claimed that her family was being threatened after they tried to file an FIR. The chief minister said that she was in constant touch with BJP president Amit Shah and Madhav as well as Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

He said a perception was created by the opposition, particularly Congress, that the two BJP leaders were "pro-rapists" and were trying to hamper the investigation. Elaborating, he said, "CBI botched up the sleaze racket in 2006 and all the accused went home and all those who were arrested were acquitted by the court".

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