All 9 BJP ministers submit resignation from Mehbooba Mufti govt in J&K

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti

Days after its two ministers had to quit, BJP ministers in the Mehbooba Mufti government have sent their resignations to the party to prep for a reshuffle that has been on the cards for some time.

The decision, the sources suggested, was a prelude to a reshuffle the party plans to carry out in Jammu and Kashmir - the BJP, the sources said, is looking to induct fresh faces into the Mufti government and the resignations are part of the party's strategy to shuffle portfolios and give opportunities to other state leaders.

In Kathua, an eight-year-old girl from a minority nomadic community disappeared near her house on January 10.

The outrage that followed led the BJP to go along with the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti who wanted the two ministers to leave her cabinet.

Sources said the en-masse resignation of BJP ministers came after a meeting chaired by party vice president Avinash Rai Khanna in Jammu. All the BJP ministers have submitted their resignation to the BJP J&K unit chief.

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Reports claimed there is no imminent threat to the government in J&K, as the BJP is likely to continue supporting the PDP from outside.

"If two ministers can sacrifice their posts in the interest of peace, those who are actually responsible for creating such an atmosphere should listen to their conscience", he said, a swipe aimed at the chief minister.

Earlier today, Lal Singh held a roadshow from Jammu to Kathua, demanding a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe to ensure justice for the victim.

"We resigned because the perception created by the national media was not good".

The tone of Singh was completely different from his speech at the March rally in Kathua where he had demanded a CBI probe accusing the crime branch of Jammu and Kashmir Police of arresting people without any proof. "We have not done anything wrong", Singh said.

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