Srinagar, May 1: Former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah slammed the PDP-BJP government led by Mehbooba Mufti for promoting MLA Rajiv Jasrotia, who had reportedly attended the pro-rapist rally in Kathua, as a cabinet minister.
Reacting to the major reshuffle of Mufti cabinet, Abdullah tweeted “2 BJP ministers removed in J&K for attending a pro-rapist rally & a MLA who is reported to have attended the same rally is promoted as a minister. Why are the BJP and PDP confused about where they stand on the Kathua rape?
2 BJP ministers removed in J&K for attending a pro-rapist rally & a MLA who is reported to have attended the same rally is promoted as a minister. Why are the BJP/ @MehboobaMufti confused about where they stand on the #Kathua rape?
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) April 30, 2018
On Monday, among the eight leaders inducted to the Jammu and Kashmir government were BJP state president Sat Sharma and Kathua MLA Rajiv Jasrotia. Both are the first-time MLAs from Jammu West and Kathua, respectively.
According to Times Now report, Jasrotia attended a rally of protesters who had gathered under the banner of Hindu Ektya Manch, to support those accused in the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl.
BJP rewards MLA who attended the pro-rapist rally in Kathua as Rajeev Jasrotia, who was caught on camera at the rally, has been made a minister in the cabinet reshuffle pic.twitter.com/eLGp5IjGvT
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) April 30, 2018
The other two BJP ministers Chander Parkash Ganga and Lal Singh, who made their presence in the rally resigned after the visit stoked controversy.
However, following his elevation, Times Now questioned Jasrotia if he was rewarded for attending the rally. The newly-appointed minister said that he was never a part of the rally.
Earlier this month, two BJP MLAs, BJP ministers Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga, had tendered their resignation after nation-wide uproar over their presence in the same rally.
With the recent reshuffle, the PDP and BJP have filled the quota of 25 members in the Jammu and Kashmir’s Council of Ministers. The PDP has 12 Cabinet ministers and two ministers of state, while BJP has nine Cabinet ministers and two ministers of state.