The BJP today asked all its nine ministers in Jammu and Kashmir to submit their resignations to enable the party to bring in new faces in the two-year-old Mehbooba Mufti cabinet, party leaders said here today.The BJP has been under pressure ever since two of its ministers — Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga — took part in a rally in support of those accused in the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua. The two ministers subsequently resigned.The BJP leaders said the party wants to bring in new faces in the cabinet and work for the people of the state.Also readKathua Rape Case: BJP to forward resignations of two Jammu and Kashmir ministers to CM Mehbooba MuftiThe state can have a maximum of 25 ministers, including the chief minister, out of which 14 portfolios are with the PDP and the remaining with the BJP.According to top state government sources, the reshuffle is likely to take place on April 20.Also readKathua rape-murder: Father seeks transfer of case outside Jammu and Kashmir, Supreme Court to hear plea at 2 pmThe decision follows hectic parleys between senior BJP leader Avinash Khanna and party legislators, the sources said.Earlier in the day, several legislators met Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.Also readFormer minister Lal Singh takes out rally for CBI probe in Kathua rape; calls for JK CM Mufti’s resignationThey apprised her about the developmental pace in their areas and brought many of the issues into her notice, an official spokesman said.The legislators who met the chief minister included Shah Mohammad Tantray, Mohammad Ashraf Mir, Surinder Choudhary, Javid Beigh, Ravinder Raina and Er Rasheed.The chief minister enquired from the legislators about the developmental activities in their areas.She also assured them that the demands raised by them would be looked into by the government.Mufti also assigned the charge of the two departments held by former ministers Chander Prakash Ganga and Lal Singh, both of whom resigned recently, to the state’s Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh.J&K Governor N N Vohra had on Monday accepted the resignation of Lal Singh and Ganga, who had participated in a rally in support of a CBI probe in rape and murder case of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua district.
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