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Kathua rape case: Jammu BJP shows solidarity with sacked ministers

In the state assembly, the PDP has 28 legislators and BJP has 25

Archis Mohan  |  New Delhi 

Chaudhary Lal singh
Chaudhary Lal singh | Photo: Twitter

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday asked all its nine ministers in Mehbooba Mufti-led government to quit the state council of ministers.

According to party sources, this was to pave the way to bring in new faces in the Mufti cabinet. The Peoples Democratic Party-alliance would continue, and that there was no threat to the two-year-old Mufti-led coalition government, they said.

The BJP’s move comes in the wake of two of its ministers, and Chander Prakash Ganga, having been asked to quit the state cabinet. This was after a nationwide outrage over Singh’s and Ganga’s participation in a rally in support of those accused in the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua.

While the central has tried to distance itself from the actions of the two, the move to ask all its ministers to quit is to also show solidarity with them. The decision comes after meetings of the legislators.

Currently in the Mufti cabinet, the PDP has 14 ministers.

In the state assembly, the PDP has 28 legislators and has 25. This is the first instance of the being part of a government in the state.

First Published: Wed, April 18 2018. 01:05 IST