Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

#Kathua: BJP accepts resignation of its two J&K ministers

#Kathua: BJP accepts resignation of its two J&K ministers

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday accepted the resignations of two Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ministers Chandra Prakash Ganga and Lal Singh.

The resignation letters were submitted to the state party chief Sat Sharma by the two ministers on Friday and the issue was discussed in the presence of Ram Madhav by the BJP legislature party this morning. They made the two ministers resign.

Lekhi said the woman counsel appearing for the Kathua rape victim was being pressurised not to appear in the case.

Ruling partner in the coalition with BJP, Peoples Democratic Party on Friday made it clear that there was no threat to alliance following Tassaduq Mufti candid admission about the failure of the government in various fronts.

The girl's body was found in the forests on January 17. While Ganga went to Rasana in Kathua as he was the party's minister in-charge of Hiranagar, Samba and Vijyapur, Singh had the charge for Kathua, Basholi and Lakhanpur. "Abdul Gani Kohli (minister) was sent to the house of the victim, so that an ugly situation was not created", Lal told reporters. The Allahabad High Court slammed the state government, ordered arrest of all accused in the case and said it would monitor the probe. "We have ordered an inquiry, and the police officer has already been suspended", he told NDTV.

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PDP came out with a strong statement blaming the Centre and "hawkish and communal" elements in the BJP for failing the goal of the alliance between the two parties in the state.

The PDP and the BJP are in alliance in Jammu and Kashmir. On the CBI probe, Mr. Madhav said, "It is for the court to decide.We too want that real accused be punished". He lashed out at the Congress and accused it of having tried to politicise the issue.

As the spine chilling details of the Kathua gang rape case make it to the mainstream media, comparisons are inevitably being drawn with the horrific Nibhaya gang rape case of Delhi in 2012. While no action was taken on her plea even then, her father was picked up by UP police, allegedly beaten up and tortured by MLA's brother, and died in police custody after making a dying declaration naming the MLA and his brother. Madhav accused the Congress party of playing double standards. "They should have ideally not commented until an investigation was conducted".

He also expressed anguish at the BJP national president Amit Shah likening Narendra Modi to a flood and opposition parties to animals. 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". "They leave the real culprit and just do politicking", he said.

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