Kathua: Crisis in BJP-PDP coalition averted after 2 ministers resign

Chaudhary Lal Singh

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Forest Minister Singh and Industries Minister Ganga had attended the rally which was carried out in support of the accused in the Kathua rape and murder case.

Mr. Kaul denied that the resignations indicated any wrongdoing. But Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, had categorically rejected the demand for a CBI probe made by a delegation of BJP ministers which met her in winter capital Jammu later.

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.

Terming as "horrific" the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district, United Nations chief Antonio Guterres has expressed hope that the authorities will bring perpetrators of the brutal crime to justice.

The rallies, which echoed mass protests against sexual violence in 2012, have piled pressure on Prime Minister Narendra Modi who, hours earlier on Friday, had promised to take action.

"We had entered into the alliance by taking a bold and courageous step". He said, "We the people of Jammu have lived together for the past 70 years. As it's looking now we are far from that", Mr. Akhtar, who is also the J&K government spokesman, told The Hindu. "In such a situation, law and order could take its own course and the matter should not be politicised", said, reported Times of India. We have to take a call on our political ideology and the mission. "She was lovely and we loved her", she said.

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Another senior PDP leader Nizamudin Bhat said "hawkish elements in the BJP are dealing a serious blow to the PDP's expectations on Kashmir". "My only wish is the culprits should be hanged for the heinous crime, so that no other family has to go through it", she said.

The chargesheet filed in the case last week revealed chilling details of the crime, including the fact that the crime was allegedly committed to scare away the minority community in the region.

"No sane person will support such a criminal act".

Madhav said the two ministers stepped down because of the perception about them. Confirming their resignation, the Bharatiya Janata Party said that the party legislature meeting will decide the fate of both the ministers.

Opposition National Conference and the Congress had demanded that Mehbooba sack the two ministers.

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