Mehbooba accepts resignation of BJP ministers

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Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday forwarded the resignations of two BJP ministers to the State Governor N N Vohra for acceptance. BJP leader Chandra Prakash Ganga, who had resigned yesterday, told Mirror that he is satisfied with the investigation conducted by the Crime Branch in the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua. Mehbooba Mufti as state Home Minister has also dismissed all the cops of Hira Nagar Police Station who have been found accused in the case. The chief minister said that she was in constant touch with BJP president Amit Shah and Madhav as well as Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

She was said to have written to the Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court, seeking a fast track court to conclude within 90 days the trial in the case that has caused a nation-wide outrage, official sources said here.

Madhav said the two ministers stepped down because of the perception about them.

Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police OP Singh said it was "totally wrong to say that the police and the BJP are fixing encounters". "That is also a confidence-building measure". She was taken to a temple in Rasana village in Kathua district.

According to police charges, the minor from the nomad Bakerwal community was kidnapped on January 10.

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This has not gone down well with the residents of Kerala, who are inundating her Facebook page with anti-BJP messages. Pointing fingers at others while protecting its own was the character of the Congress party, he alleged.

On the plea for a CBI probe saying the investigations have been completed in three months and a charge sheet has been submitted in the court.

Madhav had on Saturday said, "That is why they had to resign".

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.

The audio clip has surfaced at a time the U.P. Police have eliminated more than 45 suspected criminals in alleged encounters since the Yogi Adityanath government took over.

He alleged that pointing fingers at others while protecting its own was the character of the Congress party. Madhav flew-in to Srinagar from New Delhi this morning, where he was briefed on security situation in Kashmir by two senior officers of Jammu and Kashmir police and Army. Elaborating, he said, "CBI botched up the sleaze racket in 2006 and all the accused went home and all those who were arrested were acquitted by the court".

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