Unnao rape: Alleged pressure from high-profile leaders to protect MLA

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The BJP strode to power in the state on the promise of "doing justice to the Hindus of Jammu who have been complaining of facing discrimination by the Muslim chief ministers in government jobs and seats in the Assembly".

Unnao: Family of the 17-year-old rape victim on Sunday alleged that "goons" of accused Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar threatening villagers to keep quiet in connection with the case.

"Taking into consideration the situation and the general perception, the two ministers in consultation with party leaders made a decision to resign from their posts, " said BJP's national general secretary Ram Madhav after chairing a meeting of the party leaders in Jammu. During investigation, the crime branch alleged that the girl was drugged and repeatedly raped before being killed by hitting her head with stones.

Another accused, a woman who had allegedly lured the victim, has also been arrested by the police.

After the Chief Minister's meeting with the BJP high command and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, both Singh and Ganga were asked by the BJP to resign immediately. "But when our policemen investigate cases where the identity of the perpetrators does not suit them, and they want to protect the accused, our police become unreliable", he said in an interview to Kashmir Life portal and weekly. Sources in PDP told Mirror that due to Mehbooba's threats to break alliance, BJP's Jammu based cabinet ministers were forced to tender resignations.

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"They have resigned because of the way the entire thing has been presented across the country".

There are three vacancies in the council of ministers as the PDP had last month removed its finance minister Haseeb Drabu unceremoniously, they said. "And if PDP and BJP continue to resolve their issues like this, I see there is no substitute to this alliance", he said. 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?

According to police charges, the minor from the nomad Bakerwal community was kidnapped on January 10. Madhav accused the Congress party of playing double standards.

Asked about the demand for a CBI probe into the incident, the BJP leader said: "It is now for the court to decide".

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