Two BJP ministers exit J&K govt

Hannah Rogers
April 15, 2018

The meeting of PDP legislators and senior party leaders in Srinagar "praised the role played by the BJP in the Kathua case".

The leaders may also discuss the emerging situation in Jammu, he said.

"The decision is aimed to divert the attention of heightened public anger over issues of Kathua Rape and Murder case and alleged involvement of UP based BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh in Unnao rape case", the source added.

The Core Group expressed solidarity with the victim's family and resolved that the party will not cooperate with the State Government until and unless the two erring Cabinet Ministers were sacked for their unacceptable, abhorrent and criminal behavior in the light of this tragedy and its politicisation.

"We had gone to defuse the situation created due to migration one and half months back".

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Tassaduq told The Tribune: "I strongly believe that there needs to be a comprehensive shift in our approach and we must begin to make amends for all our mistakes". Should we not listen to them?

"We expect the same attitude of the people of the country, irrespective of party affiliations, irrespective of ideological affiliations, to look at the restlessness of our youth, look at the issues of our youth, at the political issues from a humanitarian angle, and join hands to help us heal the wounds", he said.

Three years later, the fault lines seem to have only widened - between the PDP and the BJP, between Jammu and Kashmir, Muslims and Hindus, between locals and nomads. We believe that till people of India don't understand our humanitarian problems, our wounds, it wouldn't happen. There was no pressure on me to resign, I have done it by myself. He added that his resignation was a "sacrifice" done to save the BJP's image. "Sometimes a lack of discretion does not tantamount of any guilt...that has led to certain misconceptions about them (two ministers) also, so they decided they will quit as ministers", he responded, when asked about the two ministers having termed the action of the Crime Branch as "jungle raj" and warned police from arresting anyone. The body of the girl was recovered from Rassana forest on January 17 - almost a week after she went missing while grazing horses in the forest area.

On January 23, the government had handed over the case to the crime branch, which formed a Special Investigation Team and arrested eight people, including two Special Police Officers (SPOs) and a head constable, who was charged with destruction of evidence.

Lawyers also opposed the action, alleging that minority Dogras were being targeted.

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