No threat to PDP-BJP alliance, says Ram Madhav

Clay Curtis
April 15, 2018

"Taking into consideration the situation and general perception, two ministers - in consultation with party leaders - made a decision to resign from their post", said Ram Madhav, National General Secretary of BJP, after chairing a meeting of office bearers in Jammu.

Amid the growing outcry over the horrific rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district, two Jammu and Kashmir ministers, belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party, were forced to quit after it emerged that they had attended a rally in support of the alleged rapists.

Madhav denied that the two ministers had been asked to resign by the BJP high command following pressure from the PDP allies.

"There is no question of any pressure". They had never supported the accused. "Therefore, keeping in mind the perception and general situation, the two BJP leaders, after holding consultations with the prime minister and other senior leaders of the party, chose to submit their resignations", Madhav told reporters. He said that the ministers resigned in order to address the fears of not only the PDP, but also the state and the nation.

"The BJP wants justice for the victim and there are no two opinions on that".

"It is now for the court to decide", he added.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had raised the issue of the two BJP ministers "obstructing the process of justice" in the Kathua case last week with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi who "assured" her that heads will roll.

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Mehbooba Mufti also chaired a meeting of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) legislators and senior ministers in Srinagar. I see that as a confidence building measure.

The BJP's architect of alliance with the PDP, Ram Madhav started the damage control exercise by celebrating Samrasta Diwas (Birthday of Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar) at party headquarter Trikuta Nagar Jammu under the banner of BJP State SC Morcha.

Madhav informed that the police officers who were involved in destroying the evidence of the case had also been arrested.

The residents of Rasana village had also migrated to Hiranagar as a protest and blocked a road against the PDP-BJP government alleging harassment.

According to police charges, the minor from the nomad Bakerwal community was kidnapped on January 10.

Her attackers, which included temple official and policemen, drugged and gang raped her over days before finally killing her and dumping her body in a forest nearby, seven days later.

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