All BJP ministers resign from Mehbooba’s Government for cabinet ‘reshuffle’

BJPS says no threat to coalition Government in J&K, will complete its full term

BK Correspondent/Srinagar
April 18, 2018 TOP STORIES 126 Views
All BJP ministers resign from Mehbooba’s Government for cabinet ‘reshuffle’

All of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ministers who are part of the Mehbooba Mufti government in Jammu and Kashmir have resigned from their respective positions, reports said on Tuesday night.
The ministers, according to the repots, have proposed the idea of resigning to state BJP president Sat Sharma.
“Sharma will take final call on the resignations of the ministers,” a report quoting its sources said.
At the same time, the reports added, the BJP does not intend to quit the alliance with Mufti’s People’s Democratic Party in Srinagar.
The BJP does not intend to withdraw its support to the Jammu and Kashmir government, it said.
“There is no threat to the government but resignation is being made to pave way for the reshuffle,” a senior BJP leader to local news Gathering agency GNS.
He said the cabinet reshuffle in the BJP became necessary when the PDP inducted Tassaduq Hussain Mufti and Javaid Mustafa Mir as cabinet ministers raising the strength of the party to 12, including Chief Minister, in the state cabinet.
The Chief Minister later allotted Tourism portfolio to her brother Tassaduq Mufti while Javaid was assigned Disaster Management, Relief Rehabilitation and Reconstruction and Floriculture departments.
Details on why the BJP ministers had offered to resign remained unclear. However, the potential resignations come just days after two BJP ministers – Industries Minister Chandra Prakash and Forest Minister Lal Singh – resigned over the controversy generated by their presence at a rally in support of the accused in the horrific Kathua gangrape and murder case.
The Kathua rape case has received international attention and the two BJP ministers’ presence at the rally was severally criticised within the country.
However, it could not be immediately verified whether the decision of the remaining BJP ministers to quit the Mufti government was linked to the Kathua rape case.
The PDP, which is the senior member in the alliance that has been in power in India’s north-most state since 2015, had issued a news conference where it had said that the alliance would continue. It had welcomed the resignations of the two BJP ministers.
In the most recent J&K assembly elections that were held in late 2014, the then Mufti Mohammad Sayeed-led PDP had won 28 seats in the 87-seat house, while the BJP had bagged 25 seats. The JKNC, meanwhile, had won 15 seats.
Senior PDP Minister Abdul Rehman Veeri was divested of Disaster Management, Relief Rehabilitation & Reconstruction portfolios while as he retained Revenue and was also given Parliamentary Affairs and Hajj and Auqaf portfolios. In the process, Syed Farooq Andrabi tendered his resignation from the ministry of Hajj & Auqaf. Later Haseeb Drabu was made to resign as finance minister.
At the same time, the BJP has only six including Deputy Chief Minister as cabinet ministers even as portfolios held by Chandar Prakash Ganga and Lal Singh were assigned to Dr Nirmal Singh.
The PDP has 2 MoS while the BJP has three. To ensure balance in the cabinet, the BJP was likely to upgrade one of its MoS as the cabinet minister, sources said.
The incumbent PDP ministers include Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, Abdul Rehman Veeri, Ghulam Nabi Lone, Abdul Haq Khan, Syed Basharat Ahmed Bukhari, Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali, Naeem Akhtar, Imran Raza Ansari, Mohammad Altaf Bukhari, Javaid Mustafa Mir, Tassaduq Hussain Mufti, Asiea Naqash and Zahoor Ahmad Mir. Naqash and Mir are MoS. The BJP has deputy chief minister Dr. Nirmal Kumar Singh, Bali Bhagat, Sajad Gani Lone, Chering Dorjay, Sham Lal Chaudhary, Abdul Ghani Kohli, Sunil Kumar Sharma (MoS), Priya Sethi (MoS), and Ajay Nanda (MoS).

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