Kathua rape case: Mehbooba Mufti accepts resignations of BJP ministers


The crisis in the PDP-BJP coalition government over participation by two BJP ministers in a rally over the Kathua case subsided after the resignations of the two minister was accepted on Saturday.

What has also increased the public's anger against the BJP was how two cabinet ministers of the BJP in Kathua joined the Hindutva gang, who were protesting in support of the rapists and murderers.

"There is no question of any pressure".

The people are outraged over the attitude of authorities shielding the accused men involved in the shameful acts. "Sometimes, lack of discretion does not amount to a tilt, but the lack of discretion led to a misconception even about the ministers, their own person, and that is why they chose to step down".

They further claimed that the two were asked to visit Hiranagar by the BJP state president Sat Sharma with the objective to meet the people in the village and pacify them.

"'We made it clear to everyone that it is a very serious crime and let the investigating agency complete the investigation".

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The Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) while confirming the resignation of two ministers, Chowdary Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga, said that the party legislature meeting will decide the fate of both the ministers tomorrow.

In Kathua, an eight-year-old girl from a minority nomadic community disappeared near her house on January 10.

With these resignations, the number of ministers in the state government has come down to 22, including nine from the BJP.

"We appreciate our alliance partner who helped us in this case".

It also took repeated demands from the opposition parties, commentators and activists for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to break his silence on the two recent incidents that have caused an unending shame for the country globally. "And if PDP and BJP continue to resolve their issues like this, I see there is no substitute to this alliance", he said.

Scenes last week of lawyers trying to stop police from entering court to file charges against the accused sparked nationwide revulsion.