Asked whether a dent has been created in the alliance after the Kathua rape-and-murder issue, Madhav said, "As far as this case is concerned, we have done our bit by allaying the fears and misconception created in the minds of people of Jammu and Kashmir but also in the entire country by asking our two ministers to resign".
"Taking into consideration the situation and the general perception, the two ministers in consultation with party leaders chose to resign from their posts, " said BJP's national general secretary Ram Madhav after chairing a meeting of the party leaders in Jammu.
"There is no question of any pressure". They had never supported the accused. Meanwhile, Chowdhary Lal Singh said: "BJP state president Sat Sharma, who sent us there to pacify the agitating people, and Mehbooba Mufti, who is heading the home department, too should have resigned as state police failed to trace the missing girl for over a week".
"Yes, there has been indiscretion and it is for this that they made a decision to step down", he told reporters after the BJP legislature party meeting.
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BJP general secretary Ram Madhav flew to Jammu this morning and held consultations with senior party leaders as well as MLAs and MLCs to discuss the situation in the state.
The two had attracted widespread anger and criticism for attending a meeting of the Hindu Ekta Manch in Hiranagar area of Kathua district.
The senior BJP leader admitted that the two ministers displayed lack of discretion by taking part in the rally, but made it clear that there was no attempt to sabotage the investigations as charged by the Congress party. "There was never any confusion on this principled stand of the party". "It is up to the court now to decide".
Mehbooba Mufti also chaired a meeting of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) legislators and senior ministers in Srinagar. He also cleared the dust over reports about the uncertainty over the life of the coalition, saying there is no threat to the PDP-BJP government in Jammu and Kashmir.
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Akhtar told reporters that PDP appreciated the support of the BJP, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and BJP chief Amit Shah in the case. We are equal and responsible partners. However, there was some amount of indiscretion on the part of the ministers for which they had to resign, he said. I see that as a confidence building measure.
Informed sources said Mehbooba will request the Jammu and Kashmir High Court to constitute a fast track trial court to deliver a sentence in the case. The girl had disappeared from a spot near her house 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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