BJP's spokesperson defends ministers who joined rally against Kathua rape case probe

Kathua gangrape: 2 BJP ministers, who tried to defend accused, resign from Mehbooba Mufti cabinet

The uneasy alliance between People's Democratic Party (PDP) and BJP may be nearing an end in Jammu and Kashmir with Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti reportedly demanding that two BJP ministers in the cabinet be removed for allegedly instigating protests against investigations in the Kathua rape case.

Earlier, when asked what action the party would take against its ministers Chaudhary Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga, Lekhi said: "What kind of action should we take if someone comes and says that they were misled?"

"It also expressed disappointment at the failure of the Chief Ministers to act against two cabinet ministers who openly rallied support to divisive groups out to subvert the investigation and shield the accused". 12 years old [was] raped and burnt with petroleum.

The minor girl, who belonged to the nomadic Bakerwal Muslim community, had disappeared from near her home in the forests next to Rasana village in Kathua, 90 km from here, on January 10. Her body was later found in a nearby forest. "It is not political, but national", he had said at the candlelight march.

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She also accused the opposition parties of doing "dangerous politics" over the Kathua and Unnao rape cases.

To a question on whether she highlighted the Assam case because of the accused's religion, she rejected such a notion and said she was taking a dig at those who were only highlighting the Kathua and Unnao cases and maintaining a silence on the other cases.

The Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday condemned Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua gangrape and murder case, which has prompted nationwide anger and outrage.

A total of eight accused, including a juvenile and two Special Police Officers (SPOs), have been arrested. "The J&K police conducted a thorough investigation and have arrested the accused", BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi said at a press conference.

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