Kathua rape case: Ram Madhav admits indiscretion on BJP MLAs’ part, says their resignation being sent to J&K CM

Madhav said the ministers had gone there to assure people of impartial investigations into the matter, but a certain amount of discretion should have been maintained.

By: Express News Service | Jammu | Updated: April 14, 2018 9:01:11 pm
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Admitting that there had been certain amount of indiscretion on part of the party in the handling of the rape and murder of a minor Bakarwal girl in Kathua, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav on Saturday said that the party has decided to forward resignation of its two J&K ministers to the Chief Minister for further action.

Both the ministers Chander Parkash Ganga and Choudhary Lal Singh, who at a rally of the Hindu Ekta Manch rallied behind their demand for shifting investigations into the rape and murder of the girl from state’s Crime Branch to CBI, had tendered their resignation to state party president Sat Sharma on Friday. While Chander Parkash held the portfolio of Industries and Commerce, Singh is Forest Minister in coalition government.

Madhav said the ministers had gone there to assure people of impartial investigations into the matter, but a certain amount of discretion should have been maintained. “Certainly there was lack of discretion which led to misconception even about their person and that is why they decided to quit,” said Madhav here.

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As the incident came to light, I had come to Jammu and convened a party meeting in which it was decided that investigations shall be allowed to complete and since then, there had been no development from party side over the issue, he said. The party leaders were advised not to take any step at party level in the matter as it involved a gruesome incident of rape and murder of a girl, he said, adding that party’s state secretary Vijay Sharma too had been asked to quit the party post for spearheading Hindu Ekta Manch agitation against crime branch investigations. He is no more office bearer of BJP, he added.

Referring to party position on deportation of Rohingyas and restrictions on dislocation of tribals from forests and other government lands, he said that “we have clear and consistent stand on both the issues.” “Although these have been minutes of the meeting circulated to various departments, we have told the government that these must be withdrawn,” he said.

About deportation of Rohingyas, he said that Union Home Minister was fully seized of the matter and you will soon seen effective steps taken in the matter.

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