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Unnao rape case: BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh claims was in Kanpur

16 April 2018

"We are in touch with Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who is of the view that the BJP should take a stand on these two ministers and the Prime Minister also advised us to take appropriate action to send a right message to people", Ram Madhav said.

The action against the two ministers coincided with the PM breaking his silence to condemn the rape in Kathua as well as the one in Unnao in BJP-ruled UP.

The minor girl had alleged that she was raped by Kuldeep Singh Sengar, the BJP legislator from Unnao, and his brother a year ago, but the police refused to take any action against them. They made the two ministers resign.

On Saturday, the party made a decision to forward them to the CM to diffuse crisis in the ruling BJP-PDP coalition.

"The charge that the two ministers were pro-rapist is absolutely wrong".

Mufti apprised them of the situation and requested them for their intervention to defuse the political crisis brewing in the state over the Kathua rape case, they said.

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Asked about this, a resident told APN News, "The way incidents of rape are increasing in the country and involvement of BJP leaders in many such cases, there is insecurity and fear among the women and girl children here about BJP workers and leaders".

On the Congress' charge of the BJP being insensitive not only in Kathua rape case but also in the Unnao rape case, the BJP leader said, "The Congress is trying to politicize the issue".

The source further informed that Madhav also discussed the issues of Tribal Policy, Hiranagar rape-murder case, posting of Additional Deputy Commissioners in some areas and certain other issues, which have caused embarrassment to the BJP. "Manage these two people if you want to live", Yadav is informed.

Meanwhile, the CPI (M) MLA Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami in a statement asked the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and PDP leadership to explain its position after Mehbooba's brother Tasdauq Mufti said that PDP and BJP have "ended up being partners in a crime (for which) an entire generation of Kashmiris might have to pay with their blood".

Madhav told the BJP leaders that while the party wouldn't compromise on its core agenda of securing the "interests of Hindus" of Jammu, it "can't afford to be seen in coalition with the government which was influenced by bias of Muslims". Mir added that Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had expressed her displeasure with the BJP over the "conduct of two ministers". Later, during investigation, the police arrested the caretaker and alleged that he was the mastermind of kidnapping, rape and killing of the girl from a nomadic tribe with an ulterior motive of terrifying the community and drive them out of the village. "They are contending that the workers were not happy with them", sources said. Elaborating, he said, "CBI botched up the sleaze racket in 2006 and all the accused went home and all those who were arrested were acquitted by the court".

Unnao rape case: BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh claims was in Kanpur