Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

JK CM to take decision on resignation of BJP minister: Ram Madhav

JK CM to take decision on resignation of BJP minister: Ram Madhav

Jammu: The resignations of two Bharatiya Janata Party ministers in Jammu and Kashmir government have been accepted and conveyed to Chief Minister Mehboobaa Mufti, confirmed the party's national General Secretary Ram Madhav on Saturday. But both these ministers cleared that it was not their intention to interfere in the Crime Branch investigation. The source further informed that Madhav also discussed the issues of Tribal Policy, Hiranagar rape-murder case, posting of Additional Deputy Commissioners in some areas and certain other issues, which have caused embarrassment to the BJP.

According to the BJP general secretary, the ministers decided that they will resign from their post. "Allegations on them being pro-rapists aren't true", news agency ANI quoted Madhav as saying.

The Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister had expressed her displeasure and asked BJP to remove ministers Chandra Prakash Ganga and Lal Singh from their positions. Forest Minister Singh and Industries Minister Ganga had attended the rally which was carried out in support of the accused in the Kathua rape and murder case. "Nobody dictates any agenda to us", he said.

A rally was organised by Hindu Ekta Manch in favour of the men accused of raping and killing an eight-year-old girl from the Bakerwal community.

Mehbooba Mufti, who chaired the party's meeting in Srinagar, thanked the prime minister and the national media and said the unity in ranks was an emotional reach out to protest against the heinous crimes.

Kathua rape case: Mehbooba Mufti to ask for fast track court
Mehbooba Mufti is in Srinagar to meet party legislators and senior ministers to discuss the future course of action on the case.

He lashed out at the Congress, alleging that it was trying to politicise the issue, which should not be done. He rejected reports that there was any pressure from his alliance partner PDP for withdrawal of the two ministers.

"Our party stood by the government on the issue of investigation", he said, adding, "Talks for fast-tracking the trial are also on and we believe stern punishment will be awarded to the guilty soon".

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.

He said that eight people have been arrested related to this case, including few policemen for allegedly tampering with evidence. Accusing the Congress of double-standards, "by leading an agitation in Jammu against the Crime Branch investigations in the matter", he said, "A girl's life will not come back, but we will ensure that justice is done to her and the guilty punished".

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