Kathua rape & murder: Attending Kathua rally proves costly: BJP ministers resign

Kathua rape & murder: Attending Kathua rally proves costly: BJP ministers resign
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Srinagar: The two BJP cabinet ministers, Choudhary Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga, who took part in Hindu Ekta Manch’s rally at Kathua in March, on Friday tendered their resignations to the party’s high command, BJP state president Sat Sharma told Kashmir Reader.
The resignation of the ministers came soon after news began doing rounds that the PDP was going to take some tough decisions in its party meeting today. It was said that the PDP leadership had made up its mind to sack the two ministers.
Sources in the PDP told Kashmir Reader that the communal politics played by the BJP in Jammu over the Kathua girl’s rape and murder had annoyed the PDP leadership, especially Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. Reports also said that the two ministers had submitted resignations after massive pressure from the BJP party high command. A BJP leader in Srinagar told Kashmir Reader, “The high command had taken serious note of the displeasure expressed by the PDP, their coalition partner, which had purportedly threatened of ending the coalition.”
“We had also conveyed to the party high command that the issue was taking an ugly turn and that the party needs to act against the duo, else the coalition was in danger,” he said.
While addressing the rally in Kathua on March 4, the duo had asked the police not to make any further arrests in the case. They had even called the police crime branch’s investigation, which the High Court was monitoring, “jungle raj”. They had demanded a CBI inquiry into the incident.
Sat Sharma told Kashmir Reader that the resignations have been forwarded to the party high command in New Delhi and the further decision will be taken there.