Kathua rape case: Resignations of J&K BJP ministers accepted

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File images of Jammu and Kashmir ministers Chaudhary Lal Singh and Chander Prakash. BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav has flown to Jammu and Kashmir yesterday to have a meeting with the party leaders as well as the legislators after which a decision to hand over the resignations of ministers Lal Singha and Chandar Prakash Ganga was taken.

"Taking into consideration the situation and the general perception, the two ministers in consultation with party leaders chose to resign from their posts, " said BJP's national general secretary Ram Madhav after chairing a meeting of the party leaders in Jammu.

Singh and Ganga who were holding the portfolios of forests and industries and commerce in the Mufti-led PDP-BJP coalition government, respectively had submitted their resignation letters to the BJP's J&K unit president Sat Paul Sharma on Friday amid growing criticism over their publicly siding with the accused.

Within hours of taking over the investigation, the CBI brought Sengar, who had remained untouched by the state police, to its office in Lucknow, where he was questioned for almost 16 hours before being taken into custody on Saturday. They also attended the rallies in Kathua which were taken out in favour of the accused (all of whom are Hindus), including some police officials. On March 1, addressing a rally of Hindu Ekta Manch in Hiranagar, Ganga had hit out at Kathua SSP for arresting people "at will", saying they will "not allow the jungle raj to continue". While a section of BJP leaders favour the CBI probe in reciprocation to the demand from "some Hindus of Jammu", others maintain this could discredit their government.

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Six police personnel, including the Makhi station house officer, have been suspended on charges of laxity.

He said that the goons of the Senger brothers also made video films when they spoke to the villagers. "There is a strong possibility that the party could take back Singh and Ganga in the state cabinet, but a lobby is also seeking that their performance has not been satisfactory". There are 221 witnesses and they say further investigation has to be done.

In a statement issued to KNS, Hakeem Yaseen has said that unholy alliance between PDP-BJP has proved much costlier to the people of the state as they get no time to look into the grievances of the people except tackling internal bickering to save their chair.

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