Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Mehbooba Mufti forwards resignation of two BJP ministers to governor

Mehbooba Mufti forwards resignation of two BJP ministers to governor

It's end of the road for the two senior BJP ministers as CM Mufti accepted their resignation on Sunday and forwarded it to Governor.

BJP General Secretary and its Kashmir pointsman Ram Madhav, who was here to attend the party's legislature meeting, ruled out any threat to the ruling alliance in the wake of the resignations by the two ministers - Choudhary Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga, news gatherer IANS reported.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) asked two of its ministers to resign because of the bad press they received, not for anything they did against the party line.

Mr Madhav, however, denied allegations by the Congress that the BJP ministers tried to sabotage the Crime Branch probe into the gang-rape and murder of the girl, who the police said was dragged to a small village temple on January 12 and was kept drugged. The victim's mother has alleged in the complaint given to the UP Police, which is now part of the CBI FIR, that the woman lured her daughter to the MLA after which he raped her.

Condemning the brutal incident, Mr Javadekar said two of its ministers in the J&K government have resigned following the controversy. The CBI team also arrested six suspended police personnel from Unnao and brought them to Lucknow for questioning. Both the ministers had maintained yesterday that they had been sent by the party to Kathua to understand the ground situation. Already, PDP minister and brother of Mehbooba Mufti has said that the people of Kashmir have a perception that the PDP is a partner in crime in the killings of innocent people at gunfight sites. "I will advise you to manage Sanjay Dubey (BJP district president) and Rajeev Singh Parichha (Babina MLA) then only you can get some relief. And if PDP and BJP continue to resolve their issues like this, I see there is no substitute to this alliance".

He alleged that pointing fingers at others while protecting its own was the character of the Congress party.

On the plea for a CBI probe saying the investigations have been completed in three months and a charge sheet has been submitted in the court. The court will monitor the investigation and asked the CBI to file a status report on May 2, the next date of hearing.

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