BJP on Sunday asked Congress to take suitable action against Jammu and Kashmir Congress chief G A Mir for his remarks over the arrest of accused in the Kathua gangrape case.
"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.
Ms Mufti's People's Democratic Party and the BJP had nearly reached a breaking point after the two BJP leaders participated in a rally on March 1 to protest against the Crime Branch. Mir added that Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had expressed her displeasure with the BJP over the "conduct of two ministers".
Preliminary CBI investigation has revealed that several high-profile politicians, bureaucrats and cops were involved in shielding BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, accused of raping an 18-year-old woman, sources said. 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.
Madhav said the two ministers stepped down because of the perception about them. However, there was some amount of indiscretion on the part of the ministers for which they had to resign, he said. Both the alliance partners - the BJP and the PDP - had separate legislature party meetings in Srinagar and Jammu on Saturday to discuss the situation arising out of the polarisation in the state over the rape-cum-murder of the girl. "And if PDP and BJP continue to resolve their issues like this, I see there is no substitute to this alliance", he said. The CBI team also arrested six suspended police personnel from Unnao and brought them to Lucknow for questioning.
Reports inform KNS that the Chief Minister has on Sunday dispatched the resignation letters of Forest Minister Lal Singh and Industries Minister CP Ganga to Raj Bhavan for information.
The victim went missing while grazing horses in Rasana village of Hiranagar tehsil of Kathua on January 17.
It is incorrect to say that the BJP leaders tried to influence the investigations. The charge sheet was submitted in the court and as many as eight people have been arrested in connection with the case so far.
He alleged that pointing fingers at others while protecting its own was the character of the Congress party.