All BJP ministers in Mehbooba Mufti govt offer to quit cabinet

Evarado Alatorre
Abril 17, 2018

Jammu and Kashmir's ruling coalition partner BJP on Tuesday asked all its ministers to resign, but this did not mean that the BJP was pulling out of the Mehbooba Mufti government, said top party sources.

"Sources said the ministers had been told to send across their resignations at meetings held last week by BJP strategist Ram Madhav when he was in Jammu to meet lawmakers after the party's two ministers had to exit the Mehbooba Mufti government".

In Kathua, an eight-year-old girl from a minority nomadic community disappeared near her house on January 10.

The two ministers subsequently resigned.

The resignation was confirmed on Tuesday, hours after senior BJP leaders of the state met at the party's Jammu headquarters.

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The state can have a maximum of 25 ministers, including the chief minister, out of which 14 portfolios are with the PDP and the remaining with the BJP.

The BJP high command has been receiving complaints that the party ministers in J&K were non-functional and allegations of corruption were made against some of them.

It is her (Mehbooba Mufti's) biggest failure.

The development comes mere days after two BJP ministers in the J&K government who had attended communally-toned pro-rapist protests and demanded a CBI probe in the Kathua rape and murder case had resigned following public outrage and the Prime Minister's statement that the Government of India would go to any lengths to ensure justice for the Kathua and Unnao rape victims. "If two ministers can sacrifice their posts in the interest of peace, those who are actually responsible for creating such an atmosphere should listen to their conscience", Singh said.

Singh, the former forest minister, said the CM has failed to understand the popular sentiment and was yet to seek a CBI probe into the brutal incident. He added: "We resigned because the perception created by the national media was not good". So, we preferred to resign.

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