Ram Madhav, the National Secretary of the BJP on Saturday said that the resignations of the two cabinet minister who rallied in support of the Kathua murderers will be handed over to the chief minister Mehbooba Mufti for further action.
The senior BJP leader said the resignation of the ministers was to address the fears of not only its ally PDP and the people of Jammu and Kashmir but also the entire nation.
Madhav, who is the party’s general secretary in-charge of the state, also said that the state government was told to withdraw the directive of the tribal affairs department on encroachments by nomads in forest land.
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.
Forest Minister Lal Singh and Industries Minister Chander Prakash Ganga tendered their resignation in view of a perception being created, he said.
He lashed out at the Congress, alleging that it was trying to politicise the issue which should not be done.
“We, including the BJP which is in the government, will ensure justice for the girl and punishment for the culprits,” he said.
Asked about the demand for a CBI probe into the incident, the BJP leader said, “The police has completed the probe and now it is in the court of law. It is for the court to decide.”
Ganga and Singh had hit out at the police for arresting “one or the other person at will” in connection with the rape and killing of the 8-year-old girl in January this year.
Asking why the probe was not being handed over to the CBI, Lal Singh had said, “We too want that the real accused be punished… We have heard you. We will not allow this jungle raj, under which they (police) are picking up people at will, to continue. What kind of investigation are they doing.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday condemned the rape and gave an assurance that justice would be done.
On Friday, the two BJP ministers, Choudhary Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga, who had rallied in support of the accused in Kathua rape resigned from the Jammu and Kashmir cabinet.
Earlier, the BJP had said that both the ministers were ‘misled and misguided by a few people.’
Is it a crime to get misled?” Meenakshi Lekhi, the BJP Spokesperson asked, adding that the people get misled and this can happen with anyone.
The main opposition party National Conference had said that they will consider a civil disobedience movement against the government if they fail to take action against the ‘erring ministers’.
Former chief minister Omar Abdullah also told CM Mehbooba Mufti to sack the two ministers the way she sacked former Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu.
Ganga, the Industries Minister, earlier had said that he was satisfied with the investigation of the Crime Branch and the culprits involved in the rape and murder case of the minor girl should be hanged.