Two BJP ministers of J&K who backed Kathua rape accused resign

BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar

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

Lal Singh was forests minister while Ganga held charge of industry and commerce departments.

Madhav, who attened the legislative party meeting of the state BJP MLAs and MLC, said state party president Sat Sharma will send the resignations to the chief minister.

Since the victim was a Muslim and the accused are Hindus, the case invariably got a communal twinge, and locals supporting the accused further increased the outrage nation-wide.

"Yes, there has been indiscretion and it is for this that they made a decision to step down".

The BJP is also likely to discuss in the same meeting matters related to its alliance with the PDP.

She said the two BJP ministers should not have joined the protest.

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Lekhi said the woman counsel appearing for the Kathua rape victim was being pressurised not to appear in the case. They made the two ministers resign. "Also, I would like to say it on record that the Jammu Bar Association President (B.S.) Slathiaji was the polling agent of Ghulam Nabi Azadji", Lekhi said. Sources said Mufti told home minister Rajnath Singh that the actions of Lal Singh and Ganga had complicated matters for her just when she was trying to mollify the anger over the death of civilians during protests organised to help terrorists during encounters with security forces. A week later, her body was found in woods near her village. Two people are missing, " he added. The agency arrested Sengar, the prime accused in the case, last night after 16 hours of questioning at its office in Lucknow.

Ram Madhav said the allegation on BJP minister being pro-rapists are not true and that the lawmakers had no intention to hamper the investigation in the Kathua rape case.

"When we heard the people, they told us since investigation changed hands thrice they don't trust and they demanded CBI probe". He, however said that the BJP wants the PDP "to withdraw the directive of the Tribal Affairs Department on encroachments by nomads in forest land".

In a series of tweets, Bharadwaj, who is also on the media panel of the party, said the conduct of the government was very dismaying and that the blot of Unnao incident would never be washed away.

After an uproar, a case was finally registered against Sengar, but the police refused to arrest him even after that.

The Congress on Saturday demanded that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath be sacked for "utterly failing in his constitutional duties as CM" and for "safeguarding the interests of Unnao rape accused BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar".

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