Kathua: Crisis in BJP-PDP coalition averted after 2 ministers resign

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The Unnao case, and the rape and murder of an eight-year-old in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua have sparked massive outrage across the country, with people demanding justice for the victims and safety of women.

Ms Mufti's People's Democratic Party and the BJP had nearly reached a breaking point after the two BJP leaders participated in a rally on March 1 to protest against the Crime Branch.

Amid rumours that the PDP may seriously discuss the withdrawal of the party from the coalition, Chief Minister and party president Mehbooba Mufti held a meeting with all PDP lawmakers and party leaders in Srinagar.

The minor girl had alleged that she was raped by Kuldeep Singh Sengar, the BJP legislator from Unnao, and his brother previous year, but the police refused to take any action against them. When an organisation organised a protest against the initial investigations into the case, two BJP ministers in the J&K cabinet joined in.

The victim had said that the lawmaker, his brother and some of their supporters gang-raped her, when she had approached Senger for a job. "What Madhav ji said in the press conference, that is all". They made the two ministers resign.

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Ms Mufti said she was in constant touch with BJP president Amit Shah, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav and home minister Rajnath Singh. CBI officials said they would question the MLA at length and would take him to Unnao to reconstruct the scene of the crime and to collect evidence against him. The girl was kidnapped on January 10 and her body was found on January 17. She was taken to a temple in Rasana village in 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.

He said the investigations had been completed by the state Crime Branch and a charge sheet had been presented in the court. Madhav accused the Congress party of playing double standards.

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