The two BJP ministers, Chaudhary Lal Singh and Chander Parkash Ganga, who had joined the rallies in support of the accused in the gangrape and murder of a eight-year-old girl in Kathua district in Jammu and Kashmir, on Friday submitted their resignations to state party president Sat Sharma. Chaudhary Lal Singh served as the minister for forest in the BJP-PDP government in the state while Chander Parkash Ganga held the ministry for commerce and industries.
“Both have submitted their resignations to the state party president Sat Sharma,” said BJP’s state chief spokesperson Sunil Sethi, adding that it is now the party’s call to take a decision on them.
“It is a simple resignation letter, but they have done it to save party from the adverse publicity going on in the media about their publicly supporting the Hindu Ekta Manch who have been demanding shifting of investigations into the girl’s rape and murder case from state’s Crime Branch to CBI,” he said. “However, neither the party supported the Manch nor ministers had supported their agitation except telling the agitators that they will take up their demand for CBI probe in the government,” he added.
Both the ministers had on April 4 attended an event organised by Hindu Ekta Manch, an outfit that has been protesting against the arrests in the case. Both of them had addressed the rally and called the police action against the rap...