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Modi not willing to alter arrangement in J&K
4/16/2018 12:09:31 AM
Amidst nationwide outrage over the rape and killing of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir, Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said her family should get justice. Even though the two Ministers belonging to the BJP have resigned there seems to be no threat to the coalition Government. The reason being the latest statements from Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister announcing that families of rape victims would get justice.The Home Minister also said he has spoken to BJP President Amit Shah and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on the issue.
Said Rajnath Singh"The victim's family should get justice," .. After continuously demanding CBI probe in rape and murder of Kathua girl, Jammu Bar Association has made a U-turn and lawyers took out a candle march in the winter capital in memory of the victim.
A spokesman of Bar said a meeting of the Bar under the presidentship of B.S. Slathia was held here He said various measures were discussed in order to intensify the on-going agitation including interaction with various civil society groups. Slathia and other office bearers were of the opinion that the government has miserably failed to protect the family of the rape victim in the Rasana rape and murder case. The Bar president urged to the government to provide adequate monetary compensation to the family of the victim in order to provide immediate relief and succour. He also demanded that immediate protection should be provided to the life and property of the victim family.
"It was further resolved in the meeting that the Candle march procession of the members of the J&K Bar Association has taken out from the District Court Complex Janipur Jammu to Ambphala, Jammu in memory of the victim and to pay respectful homage to the departed soul,"
The Bar Association is supporting the demand for CBI investigation in the rape and murder case does not tantamount to shielding the real accused. "Our real intention was to provide justice to the victim by fair and independent probe." The Association said some vested interests were trying to project the present agitation as "communal" and confined only to Rasana rape and murder case, which is factually incorrect.
Slathia appealed to all sections of the society and media in particular to kindly consider the ongoing agitation in the larger perspective of deportation of Rohingyas and the minutes of meeting dated 14-02-2018 concerning the Tribal Affairs Department.
If the two BJP Ministers have resigned over the rape and murder of Asifa the way Modi and Rajnath Singh have supported fair trial in the case indicated that the BJP led NDA may not support alteration in the four-year old political arrangement in Jammu and Kashmir.Yes, by quitting the cabinet Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga have succeeded in strengthening their vote bank.While Lal Singh has been elected from Basholi constituency Chander Prakash Ganga has been elected to the Assembly from Vijaypur which are close to Kathua.Hence their resignation was meant to prevent further erosion in their vote bank.
But if they had thought that their resignation may lead to fall in the coalition Government their speculation may prove wrong because Modi is not willing to alter the political arrangement in Jammu and Kashmir which could allow the NC and the Congress to regain power.Once the state of Jammu and Kashmir iks placed under the Governor's rule it could send wrong signals to the neighbouring nations.
The BJP led NDA Government could project the political arrangement framed in Jammu and Kashmir in 2014 as a step towards forging regional balance and end to regional divide.Hence the BJP may not be willing to alter the arrangement.And in case of growing dissent from the state unit of the BJP Modi could suggest to Chief Minister,Mehbooba Mufti,to take back Lal Singh and Chander Prakash in the cabinet.
If the dissident in the state unit of the BJP is not as vociferous as some expect it the coalition Government could last till 2020 even wi thout Lal Singh and Chander Prakash.In fact Lal Singh is actually a congressman but when he was denied the ticket he joined the BJP to contest from Basohli seat which he won.This way Lal Singh is a vocal leader from Jammu and his resignation from the cabinet may not create any major tremor in the coalition Government.Well the longevity of the coalition Government is in the hands of Modi who does not want to fiddle with the political arrangement this time
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