SRINAGAR: 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.
“They were asked to resign when there was media outrage against the party, otherwise they have not said anything which was not in line with the position of the party — which is that the murderers should be hanged,” Ashok Kaul, J&K general secretary of the BJP, told Kashmir Reader.
The two BJP ministers — Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga — took part in a rally organised in Kathua in favour of the men arrested for the rape and murder of an 8-year-old Muslim Gujjar girl. The Indian national flag was waved at the rally where Ganga and Singh supported the demand for a CBI inquiry and warned the police to not make any further arrests.
“The media was hitting at the party’s image, and they resigned. Otherwise their position is that the murderers should be hanged,” Kaul said.
Asked why did the party sent the duo to participate in the Kathua rally, Kaul said it was to defuse communal tensions.
At the Kathua rally, Singh had asked people to “defy prohibitory orders and launch an agitation with full force”, while Ganga had termed the arrest of the accused as “jungle raj.”
When asked how these remarks amount to defusing communal tension, Kaul first maintained a strategic pause, then said, “I don’t know what you are trying to make me say. What Madhav ji said in the press conference, that is all.” He then hung up the phone.