"It was sheer indiscretion on their part [to attend the rally]", he said. "Therefore, keeping in mind the perception and general situation, the two BJP leaders, after holding consultations with the prime minister and other senior leaders of the party, made a decision to submit their resignations".
The ruling PDP thanked the BJP leadership for taking resignations of the two leaders.
He rejected reports that there was any pressure from his alliance partner PDP for withdrawal of the two ministers.
In Jammu, BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav and Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh, presided over a meeting of party legislators and forwarded the resignations of two BJP Ministers, Chowdhary Lal Singh and Chadar Praksah Ganga, to Ms. Mufti for her final consideration. However, sources say that the two BJP ministers resigned after Prime Minister Narendra Modi refused to accept their reason for being a part of the rally.
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She said the unfortunate incident changed the discourse and brought the people of the state and the rest of the country together.
"We appreciate our alliance partner who helped us in this case".
Stressing the urgency of responding to the challenges in Jammu and Kashmir through tangible political measures before the crisis degenerates into a catastrophe; Mehbooba said the people of J-K, irrespective of their age, gender, status or the political affiliation, have been suffering the disastrous consequences of the political uncertainties plaguing the state.
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. "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 in Jammu on Saturday evening. Her attackers, which included temple official and policemen, drugged and gangraped her over days before finally killing her and dumping her body in a forest nearby, seven days later.
Madhav accused the Congress party of playing double standards.