All of the Bharatiya Janata Party ministers who are now part of the Mehbooba Mufti government in Jammu and Kashmir have been asked by the party leadership to tender their resignations by tonight, top sources within the BJP have told India Today TV.
The day also saw BJP MLA Lal Singh, who along with his party colleague Chander Prakash Ganga had to quit as ministers last Friday, hold a roadshow from Jammu to Kathua during which he demanded a CBI probe to ensure justice for the victim and asked Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to resign for her "failure" to address the issue.
Sources told GNS said that while there was no threat to PDP-BJP government, the resignation will allow the party to induct fresh faces and retain previous ones who are already in the government based on their performance.
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In Kathua, an eight-year-old girl from a minority nomadic community disappeared near her house on January 10. He also asked Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to resign.
The resignation was confirmed on Tuesday, hours after senior BJP leaders of the state met at the party's Jammu headquarters.
According to top state government sources, a reshuffle is now likely to take place later this week in the government.
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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. The former forest minister said Mufti has failed to gauge the popular sentiment. PDP sources told IANS the resignations of the BJP ministers are a prelude to a BJP rejig in the state legislature.
She appealed Prime Minister, Narendra Modi to take lead in getting Jammu & Kashmir out of this bloodbath and help these people in leading peaceful and normal life. Jammu and Kashmir can have a maximum of 25 ministers, including the CM. "We have not done anything wrong", Singh added.
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