BJP general secretary Ram Madhav, who had held consultations with legislators of the party in Jammu yesterday, had announced the resignations would be forwarded for further action thereby ending a simmering political crisis in the state.
The outrage has put pressure on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is accused of trying to shield its state lawmaker in one case and of defending the accused in the other. However, the sources said that the two ministers were forced to quit following Mufti who is also president of the PDP raised the issue with ally BJP at the highest level.
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The couple and their daughter who lived there managed to escape with their cat before firefighters arrived, authorities said. The woman was taken to an area hospital, where she died early Sunday, a separate release from the fire department states.
In the viral audio, Suneet Kumar Singh, station house officer (SHO) of Mauranipur police station, is heard telling Lekhraj Yadav, who's accused in dozens of murder, kidnapping and extortion cases, that his phone and location were on police's radar and he was next on the list of encounter. "This is all your figment of imagination", Madhav said in his reply to a query from a reporter that the PDP had threatened to walk out of the alliance if the two ministers did not resign. Her strong views and attitude to take on any leader in the party is said to be worrying many.
"They took the resignation of two ministers because as per media, their role was not positive, " said PDP leader and Works Minister Nayeem Akhtar. Both the alliance partners - the BJP and the PDP - had separate legislature party meetings in Srinagar and Jammu on Saturday to discuss the situation arising out of the polarisation in the state over the rape-cum-murder of the girl.
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It was not immediately clear on Friday what specific issues the court hearing would address. On Monday, Cohen's attorney called the searches "completely inappropriate and unnecessary".
"I will advise you to manage Sanjay Dubey (BJP District President) and Rajiv Singh Parichha (Babina MLA) to get some relief".
The girl's body was found in the forests on January 17. The Crime Branch of the J&K police after completing investigations into the gory incident filed two separate charge sheets in the court of Kathua's Chief Judicial Magistrate despite resistance shown by local lawyers. Or will she take on the system and emerge a victor like Jayalalithaa, who though dejected by the leaders, went on to become the successor of MGR in Tamil Nadu?
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He said the analysis was done at the request of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. Moscow warned against any strikes and threatened to retaliate.
It is incorrect to say that the BJP leaders tried to influence the investigations.