BJP ministers told to resign from Mehbooba's government

Lester Mason
April 17, 2018

The official version is that a reshuffle has been in the works for some time now but clearly, the political stakes have changed dramatically after protests over the horror of an 8-year-old being raped and murdered in Kathua.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq led Hurriyat Conference on Monday appealed the two neighboring countries India and Pakistan to start a result-oriented dialogue process to stop the ongoing "bloodshed" in Kashmir particularly due to the escalation on the borders.

Sources in the Peoples Democratic Party told IANS the resignations of the BJP ministers is a prelude to the BJP's reconstitution of their part of the council of ministers without any bearing on the continuation of the coalition government in the state. But ANI quoted sources in the state to report that the move was merely a reshuffle.

Currently, 14 portfolios are with the PDP and the remaining with the BJP. All the BJP ministers have submitted their resignation to the BJP J&K unit chief.

The tone of Singh was completely different from his speech at the March rally in Kathua where he had demanded a CBI probe accusing the crime branch of Jammu and Kashmir Police of arresting people without any proof. The former forest minister said the chief minister had failed to understand the popular sentiment and was yet to seek a CBI probe into the brutal incident. According to sources, the party will submit a report on the alleged roles of Ganga and Lal Singh to party president Amit Shah within 15 days.

"We resigned because the perception created by the national media was not good".

"It was portrayed that the entire Jammu region was siding with rapists", he said.

She appealed Prime Minister, Narendra Modi to take lead in getting Jammu & Kashmir out of this bloodbath and help these people in leading peaceful and normal life. "We have not done anything wrong", Singh said.

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