Jammu, Apr 17: Post resignation of two BJP ministers in the wake of Kathua Rape and Murder case, nine remaining ministers from the party on Tuesday submitted their resignations to the party president Sat Sharma.
“The remaining nine BJP ministers including two Miniters of State on Tuesday evening submitted their resignations to the state party president Sat Sharma,” party sources here said.
Sources said that the resignations were submitted after threadbare discussions with the party high command, adding, “it will be premature to respond at this juncture that on what note the resignations have been tendered.”
“Whether the resignations have been submitted in view of fresh re-shuffle of BJP into the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti led Jammu and Kashmir Government or threat to the coalition, is yet to be known,” sources added.
Sources further said that the resignations have been submitted to the party president but the government will keep functioning, adding, “the ministers will keep working in routine in their respective departments.”
They said that the Chief Minister has also assigned the charge of the Departments of Industries and Commerce and Forest, Ecology and Environment to the Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh.
“In pursuance of Rule 5 of the Jammu and Kashmir Government Business Rules, I, Mehbooba Mufti, Chief Minister, Jammu and Kashmir do hereby assign the charge of the Departments of Industries & Commerce and Forest, Ecology & Environment to Dr Nirmal Kumar Singh, Deputy Chief Minister in addition to the subjects already assigned to him,” said an order issued here on Tuesday.
The Deputy Chief Minister is presently holding the charge of the Power Development and Housing & Urban Development Departments.
Pertinently, the charge of the departments of Industries & Commerce and Forest, Ecology and Environment was earlier with Chander Parkash Ganga and Choudhary Lal Singh respectively.
Meanwhile Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra had already on Monday accepted the resignations of the two BJP ministers, who had participated in a rally allegedly in support of the people arrested in connection with the rape-and-murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua district.
Raj Bhavan had said the Governor, on the advice of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, accepted the resignations of Forest Minister Lal Singh and Industries Minister Chander Prakash Ganga.
Mufti, who received the resignations of the two ministers from state BJP chief Sat Sharma on Sunday, had immediately accepted and forwarded the same to the Governor for completing the procedural formalities.
Pertinent to mention here that the Mehbooba Cabinet is having 24 ministers including 11 from its alliance partner BJP.