Resignations of BJP ministers 'immediately accepted'


Meanwhile, BJP National general secretary Ram Madhav in a bid to save the alliance rushed to Jammu and chaired a legislature meet at the party headquarters.

The BJP on Saturday accepted the resignation of two of its ministers from the Jammu and Kashmir coalition government but said their unwise move to go and pacify people rallying for suspects of rape and murder of a minor was "mistaken for trying to shield the accused".

He said the two BJP leaders had visited the Hindu Ekta Manch rally to clam down the people and clear misgiving about the investigations.

The two ministers had participated in a rally on March 1 in support of the men who allegedly raped and murdered an eight-year-old Muslim nomad girl.

Asserting that the BJP will not come to power in Karnataka in the coming assembly elections, actor and activist Prakash Raj has said that south India will lead in removing the party from the power at the centre in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Pressure is mounting on the Congress high command to sack party's J&K state president GA Mir for questioning the probe into the Kathua incident. "Yes, there was some indiscretion but they never tried to hamper the investigation".

"Yes, there has been indiscretion and it is for this that they chose to step down".

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Pointing out that the BJP rule in the state had become "Ravana Rajya" for women, Dalits and farmers, the party said there was a 33 per cent increase in crime against women in Uttar Pradesh - from 33,728 cases in 2016-17 to 44,936 in 2017-18. PM Narendra Modi, charged for being silent on the issue, broke his silence on the two cases on Friday when he said justice for the victims would be delivered. Asked about it, Madhav said, "It is now for the court to decide".

"So, the talk of sacking (by the BJP) someone is misleading".

He denied that the party acted on the two ministers after media pressure.

Congress leader Pawan Khera said the party did not defend its Karnataka leader Dinesh Gundurao's remark on Yogi Adityanath. "They have been victimised", Balbir Singh, a spokesman for Choudhary Lal Singh, told AFP. What kind of investigation are they doing. Why are you silent?

"Rest for the "baayan bazi" (making statements) we have been receiving in last couple of days, we will wait for the PDP to take a view on that and convey what is the view of the leadership. And the BJP's stand is that we condemn any incident of rape or atrocities against women or children". "CBI, in contrast, is an investigating body that looks like a caged parrot".

"Yesterday (Saturday), they went there in two cars and threatened them to keep quiet or leave the village".

Three FIRs have been filed by the UP Police in the case which were later transferred to the CBI.