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

Mumbai: BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav on Saturday came out in defence of the BJP ministers in Jammu and Kashmir over their alleged participation in a Hindu Ekta Manch march defending the rape accused. Apart from Ganga and Singh, the BJP's Kathua MLA, Rajeev Jasrotia, and Hiranagar MLA, Kuldeep Kumar, had attended the Hindu Ekta Manch protests. Incidentally, BJP ministers had jointly called on Mufti to try to persuade her to hand over the case to the CBI.

Madhav, largely credited for stitching together the ruling combine of the BJP and the PDP, denied that the two ministers had been asked to resign following pressure from its senior partner in the government. These two ministers had gone to pacify the people, but subsequently their presence was mistaken for trying to shield the accused.

"We, including the BJP which is in the government, will ensure justice for the girl and punishment for the culprits", he said.

"To safeguard the interest of Jammu, I will not hesitate to fight the government or meet the Prime Minister personally and reiterate the demand for a CBI probe into the Kathua rape-and-murder case, which is the demand of lakhs of people", Ganga told reporters here this evening. The PDP, according to insiders, has made a decision to press for the suspension of anti-militancy operations and also some forward movement on the agenda of alliance with BJP as soon as possible.

"On those issues, the party (BJP) stand has been consistent", he said. "It is for the court to decide". He said that the ministers resigned in order to address the fears of not only the PDP, but also the state and the nation.

"We appreciate our alliance partner who helped us in this case". Madhav said the two ministers had participated in the rally to pacify the crowd. I see that as a confidence building measure.

The PDP and the BJP held separate meetings in Srinagar and Jammu and iterated their commitment to the alliance.

Informed sources said Mehbooba will request the Jammu and Kashmir High Court to constitute a fast track trial court to deliver a sentence in the case.

Madhav, who is the partys general secretary in-charge of the state, also said that the state government was told to withdraw the directive of the tribal affairs department on encroachments by nomads in forest land. A week later, her body was found in the same area.

The girl was attacked to scare away the nomadic Muslim community out of the village.

The 18-page chargesheet in the Kathua rape case stated that the girl was gangraped inside a temple, where she was confined using sedatives.

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