Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
IT&Software | By Alfonso Woods

Ambedkar was apostle of social equality: Ram Madhav

Ambedkar was apostle of social equality: Ram Madhav

Forest Minister Lal Singh and Industries Minister Chander Prakash Ganga tendered their resignation in view of a perception being created, he said.

"Taking into consideration the situation and general perception, two ministers - in consultation with party leaders - made a decision to resign from their post", said Ram Madhav, National General Secretary of BJP, after chairing a meeting of office bearers in Jammu. However, he added, "Certain amount of discretion should have been maintained".

The BJP leader also denied that its ministers had resigned under pressure from the PDP. The PDP, according to insiders, has chose to press for the suspension of anti-militancy operations and also some forward movement on the agenda of alliance with BJP as soon as possible.

Singh and Ganga had attracted widespread anger and criticism for attending a meeting of the Hindu Ekta Manch, a lose group formed to support the accused, which demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the case.

The PDP and the BJP held separate meetings in Srinagar and Jammu and iterated their commitment to the alliance.

In an apparent reference to Tourism Minister Tassaduq Mufti's interview to The Indian Express saying that the PDP could end up being "partners in a crime with the BJP", Madhav said, "Rest of the byanbaji (statements) we have been hearing on a daily basis in the last few days, I will wait for the PDP to take a view on that and convey what is the view of the leadership". "Nobody dictates any agenda to us", he said. "We went there on the party's instruction", he said, as reported by Times Now. "We work together for the welfare and betterment of the people of Jammu and Kashmir". "There was never any confusion on this principled stand of the party". Incidentally, BJP ministers had jointly called on Mufti to try to persuade her to hand over the case to the CBI.

He lashed out at the Congress, alleging that it was trying to politicise the issue which should not be done.

Madhav, who is the party's general secretary in-charge of the state, was replying to a question about the alleged demographic changes in Jammu due to the settlement of the Rohingyas and tribals on encroached state lands in Jammu city.

The BJP also sought to address the concerns of its core constituency in Hindu-majority Jammu by demanding that the Mehbooba government scrap an order sympathetic to nomadic tribes, including that to which the eight-year-old victim belonged. On the Rohingyas' presence, Madhav said the party has taken up the matter with the ministry of home affairs.

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