BJP ministers resign, party to take call tomorrow

BJP ministers resign, party to take call tomorrow

"Now the party legislators are meeting tomorrow to decide the fate of both the ministers", BJP state general secretary Ashok Koul said over the phone.

"They took the resignation of two ministers because as per media, their role was not positive, " said PDP leader and Works Minister Nayeem Akhtar. Among the eight accused arrested in the Kathua rape case are police officers and a retired government official.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi, on Thursday midnight, carried out a candlelight march near New Delhi's India Gate, demanding Prime Minister Narendra Modi to speak up on the Kathua and Unnao rape cases.

Jammu: Two BJP ministers who had attended a rally in support of the accused in Kathua rape and murder case on Friday resigned from the Jammu and Kashmir cabinet led by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. "We put forth their demand before the party as well as chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, who rejected it and said the Crime Branch would probe the matter", he said.

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The UN chief has expressed hope that authorities will bring perpetrators of the brutal rape and murder of the 8-year-old in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district to justice.

"Yes, there has been indiscretion and it is for this that they chose to step down", he told reporters after the BJP legislature party meeting.

When appeals were made to observe a protest shutdown for transfer of the investigations in the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation, the powerful Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry along with the public transport operators stayed away from those protests. "There was no pressure on me to resign, I have done it by myself", he said. "That is also a confidence-building measure".

Asked about reports of the chief minister writing to Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court for setting up of a fast track court, Akhtar said it is an administrative matter and he can not comment on that. The body of the girl was recovered from the Rassana forest in January, a week after she went missing from the area while grazing horses.

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