Two BJP ministers send their resignations

JAMMU, APR 13: Under fire for reportedly participating in a protest against investigations into the Kathua rape case, two BJP ministers in Jammu and Kashmir cabinet sent their resignations to state BJP chief Sat Sharma on Friday evening.
Forest minister Chaudhary Lal Singh and industries and commerce minister Chander Prakash Ganga sent their resignations after reports emerged that PDP could break alliance with BJP. PDP had demanded the resignation of the two ministers. The two had reportedly attended an event organised by Hindu Ekta Manch, an outfit that protested against the initial arrests made in the case. It is because of this that the PDP-BJP alliance – already on shaky grounds – may well crumble.
CM Mehbooba Mufti is scheduled to hold a high-level meeting on Saturday to decide the future of the alliance – one that has strained further after the Kathua rape case.
The rape and murder of the eight-year-old child has rocked the entire country.
The girl, belonging to a nomadic Muslim tribe in the district, was sedated time and again before being raped and killed. She was abducted on January 10 and was later strangled to death on January 14. The body of the girl was recovered from Rassana forest on January 17 – nearly a week after she went missing while grazing horses in the forest area.
CM Mufti has assured a complete investigation into the matter. She took to Twitter earlier on Friday and assured that her government will ensure that no other child will ever face such brutality and atrocity.
It is pertinent to mention here that National Conference President Dr. Farooq Abdullah on Thursday while expressing solidarity with the victim’s family had resolved that the party will not cooperate with the State Government until and unless the two erring Cabinet Ministers are sacked for their unacceptable, abhorrent and criminal behaviour in the light of this tragedy and its politicization. The Core Group resolved the party would consider launching a civil disobedience movement against the State Government if it fails to act against the Ministers.
The Core Group meeting was also attended by NC General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar, Muhammad Shafi Uri, Abdul Rahim Rather, Mubarak Gul, Muhammad Akbar Lone, Chaudhary Muhammad Ramzan, Nasir Aslam Wani, Devender Singh Rana, Ajay Sadhotra, Surjeet Singh Slathia, Sajjad Ahmed Kitchloo, Khalid Najeeb Suharwardy, Mushtaq Ahmed Bukhari, Mian Altaf Ahmed, Javed Rana and Shammi Oberoi.