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Mehbooba Mufti's New Delhi communication forces BJP Ministers to resign

Narendra Modi

On Apr 8, the rape victim along with his family tried to commit suicide in front of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's residence in Lucknow. "The BJP-led state government has turned these civic bodies into money minting machines but has not improved the civic amenities", Hemant said. There are three vacancies in the council of ministers as the People's Democratic Party (PDP) had last month removed its finance minister Haseeb Drabu unceremoniously, the officials mentioned above said.

BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav said there was indiscretion on part of the two ministers who were under pressure from the local public when they spoke at a gathering. Earlier, Uttar Pradesh Police had charged him under sections 363 (kidnapping), 366 (abduction of woman), 376 (rape), 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, and handed over the case to the CBI.

"The situation at that time was such that both these ministers had to be sent to pacify the mob", he said. "Our party leaders asked us to attend the rally. Beyond that, I don't think there will be any impact of this incident or these developments on the coalition".

Some BJP leaders had defended the accused amid allegations that the crime was aimed at frightening the minority population into leaving Hindu-majority Jammu.

He cautioned that there should be no communal politics played over the ghastly crime and everyone should ensure speedy justice and exemplary punishment to the culprits. "We are extremely unhappy with the BJP government and hence we request that no one from BJP enter this area".

Informed sources said Mehbooba was likely to request the Jammu and Kashmir High Court to constitute a fast track trial court to deliver a sentence in the case.

"We told the police that since we had gathered there much before the BJP leaders came, it was our right to pay tributes first". The CBI swung into action on Thursday after the state government recommended a federal probe.

The killing in the city of Kathua has heightened communal tensions in India's only Muslim-majority state.