Srinagar: After the resignation of two BJP ministers, a much-relieved Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for defusing the situation and said the unfortunate incident had brought the people of the state and the rest of the country “together”.
She said a sense of justice had been reinforced in the state and urged “New Delhi to wake up to the Kashmir cauldron”.
Both the alliance partners — the BJP and the PDP — had separate legislature party meetings in Srinagar and Jammu to discuss the situation arising out of the polarisation in the state over the rape-cum-murder of the girl after some leaders of the lesser-known Hindu Ekta Manch were arrested in connection with the case.
Mehbooba, 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.
She said the unfortunate incident changed the discourse and brought the people of the state and the rest of the country together.
The chief minister said that she was in constant touch with BJP president Amit Shah and General Secretary Ram Madhav as well as Home Minister Rajnath Singh. “I want to thank people of Jammu for standing united against the gory crime,” she said.
After the meeting, Public Works minister Naeem Akhtar “appreciated” the support of alliance partner Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Asifa gangrape-and-murder case.
“We appreciate our alliance partner who helped us in this case…they made the two ministers resign in the case. I see that as a confidence building measure. And if PDP and BJP continue to resolve their issues like this, I see there is no substitute to this alliance,” he told reporters.