Kathua Rape Case: BJP Ministers In J&K Govt Resign After Criticism

People participate in a candle light vigil as they protest against the rape of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua near Jammu and a teenager in Unnao Uttar Pradesh in Bengaluru India

UP Congress spokesperson Ashok Singh said, "Going purely by numbers, we cannot field any party candidate (for the Council polls), but we can support the candidates from other like-minded parties".

He rejected reports that there was any pressure from his alliance partner PDP for withdrawal of the two ministers.

CBI has registered three FIRs against Kuldeep Singh Sengar in a rape of an 18-year-old girl and murder of victim's father in the police custody. Certainly, there was lack of discretion.

They further claimed that the two were asked to visit Hiranagar by the BJP state president Sat Sharma with the goal to meet the people in the village and pacify them. On return, we conveyed this demand to (J&K party chief) Sharma, and also to the Chief Minister.

Madhav, who was the pointsman for the BJP in forging the alliance with PDP, said the two ministers had been sent to Kathua to pacify the people who were agitated after the incident. "Sometimes, lack of discretion does not amount to a tilt, but the lack of discretion led to a misconception even about the ministers, their own person, and that is why they chose to step down". No person or state officer can take technical pleas which does not sub-serve the interest of investigation or fails to protect the victim of heinous crime.


Thirteen months back, when Yogi Adityanath was entrusted with the reins of India's most populous state, a large chunk of the people of Uttar Pradesh looked up to him with hope and even admiration. "However, this conversation shows that criminals are scared of the government's resolve to eliminate crime in the state".

Citing a recent high court order, Surjewala said: "In a damning rebuke to the BJP's claims, the Allahabad High Court has unravelled the real truth of the Unnao rape case".

"The directive (of Tribal Affairs Department) issued to different districts must be withdrawn".

Uttar Pradesh Police have suspended one of its officers after his audio advising a criminal to manage two BJP leaders to avoid his death in police encounter. The Prime Minister did not accept the explanation and said it did not behove them to attack the government they were part of.

He said a perception was created by the opposition, particularly Congress, that the two BJP leaders were "pro-rapists" and were trying to hamper the investigation. The state government earlier said in the Assembly that 1,510 acres of land had been encroached in the city.

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