Madhav gives clean chit to Lal, Ganga; says nothing wrong in demanding CBI probe

Nishikant Khajuria
JAMMU, Apr 30: Stating that there was nothing wrong in demanding CBI inquiry into the Rassana incident, BJP national general secretary and incharge J&K affairs, Ram Madhav today gave clean chit to the two former Ministers Choudhary Lal Singh as well as Chander Prakash and maintained that today’s reshuffle was a normal course aimed to extend Government experience to more Legislators of the party.
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“There is nothing wrong in seeking CBI inquiry as the demand has also been raised by various sections of society as well as Bar Council of India before the Supreme Court,” he said while addressing a hurriedly called press conference, here today, at the party headquarters, after the ceremony of oath taking by the newly inducted Ministers in the PDP-BJP Coalition Government.
In response to the fresh controversy over induction of MLA Kathua Rajiv Jasrotia into the Council of Ministry despite his participation in the same rally for which Lal Singh and Ganga were removed, Ram Madhav claimed that the two BJP Ministers had resigned on their own taking moral grounds after a wrong perception was created by a section of media.
“There is no question of double standards. Decision to step down from the Government was taken by the two Ministers on their own taking high moral grounds because of some statements attributed to them and highlighted by you people in media, which created a wrong perception that perhaps they were supporting the accused even as this was not the fact” he explained.
In respect of the BJP stand over the CBI probe into Rassana incident, Ram Madhav said that the matter is sub-judice and let the court take a view on that. “The court will look into the evidences and whatever the court decides, we will deliberate upon thereafter and decisions will follow it,” he added seeking no more debate on the topic.
On being asked that one of the BJP MLAs was still moving from one region to another ‘instigating’ people to come on roads for CBI inquiry into the Rassana incident, Ram Madhav reiterated that asking for CBI inquiry was something being heard from different sections. “It is not that only one person is raising the issue. This demand for CBI inquiry has been raised by various section of the society, including the BCI. Do you think they are instigating people?”, he asked.
In response to the query that all was not well between the coalition partners, Ram Madhav admitted that there were some hiccups but the leaders of two parties were competent to handle those issues and fulfill the promises made in the Common Minimum Programme or agenda of alliance.
“All is not well between coalition partners is something that I have been hearing for the last three years. We have always said that no coalition is easy. We are working together trying to address the issues of the State. There will be hiccups but our party and our leaders are competent to handle those issues,” he stressed.
Ram Madhav also rejected the claims that there was resentment among BJP cadre against the arbitrary decisions taken by the Chief Minister. “No body has surrendered before anyone. Amnesty to some youth was accorded in consultation with the Union Home Ministry and we will be dealing with those pelting stone or armed militants in appropriate manner,” he stressed.
With regard to the reshuffle, in Ministry, Ram Madhav claimed that it was a normal exercise and aimed to extend experience of Government to more legislators of the party. “After three years in power, we gave a thorough view and decided to give opportunity to more MLAs of getting experience of Government besides giving impetus to work,” he said and claimed that those dropped from the Ministry had also performed well.
“Though the reshuffle is more than that what had been expected earlier and limited to two or three, it has been done smoothly as per the party tradition and keeping in the larger target,” he said
“We performed very well under the leadership of Dr Nirmal Singh and the Department under his control were streamlined to a great extent,” Ram Madhav said and added that the objective will remain the same and the new BJP team under the leadership of Kavinder Gupta would continue to serve the people of Jammu in particular and State in general with dedication.
Rejecting the allegation that BJP did not have commitment to empowering women as the lone female face among the BJP ministers was dropped, Ram Madhav said,” We did not have any woman legislator in the 25 MLAs who got elected to State legislature. Because we wanted to give representation to women, we decided to nominate our senior leader to the Assembly and made her Minister for three years and she will continue to play important role in the organization.”
During the press conference, BJP National vice president and Prabhari J&K Avinash Rai Khanna along with Kavinder Gupta, Nirmal Singh and Sat Sharma also accompanied Ram Madhav. Both Kavinder Gupta and Nirmal Singh said that they would continue to serve the people in their new responsibility.