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

Kashmir lawyers protest against supporters of Kathua rape accused

Kashmir lawyers protest against supporters of Kathua rape accused

Singh and Ganga had attracted widespread anger and criticism for attending a meeting of the Hindu Ekta Manch, a lose group formed to support the accused, which demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the case.

He said the BJP president will forward the resignations to the chief minister for further action.

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. These two ministers had gone to pacify the people, but subsequently their presence was mistaken for trying to shield the accused.

Speaking on the occasion of 127th birthday of Dr Ambedkar, which is celebrated as "Samrasta Diwas" organized by State BJP Anusuchit Jaati Morcha, Mr Madhav said that the government should implement SC, ST atrocities act in the state in order to safeguard the interests of the weaker sections.

Madhav, who is the party's general secretary in-charge of the state, was replying to a question about the alleged demographic changes in Jammu due to the settlement of the Rohingyas and tribals on encroached state lands in Jammu city.

"Yes, there has been indiscretion and it is for this that they made a decision to step down". "There was never any confusion on this principled stand of the party".

"It is now for the court to decide", he added.

After the meeting, Works Minister and senior PDP leader Naeem Ahkar, who is also the government spokesperson, "appreciated" the BJP support in the handling of the case which had caused fissures in the alliance. Mehbooba Mufti has written to Chief Justice of J&K High Court requesting for a fast track special court for the Kathua murder and rape case and has requested that the trial should be completed within 90 days. "They are my people and I am firm on my words that the case should be transferred to the CBI; what's wrong in it, " Singh told reporters. "(But) it led to a misconception and they resigned". "That is also a confidence-building measure".

"There is no trouble in the BJP-PDP alliance".

The chief minister is also lated to announced the termination of the accused police officers against whom a chargesheet has been filed. The girl had disappeared from a spot near her house on January 10.

When Asifa's body was brought to a nearby village, a group of youths, allegedly belonging to the Hindu right-wing had disallowed her burial in the graveyard owned by her family and relatives.

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