Srinagar: All the nine remaining BJP ministers in the PDP-BJP coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir are reported to have resigned to facilitate a major reshuffle in the council of ministers headed by Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti.
The reshuffle has been necessitated by the resignation of two BJP ministers, Choudhary Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga, amid controversy over their rallying behind the accused in the Kathua gang-rape and murder.
The sources in the BJP said that the six Cabinet ministers and three ministers of state belonging to the party submitted their resignations to facilitate a new list of probable ministers. But Jammu was agog with rumours on that the ministers have resigned to show solidarity with Singh and Ganga.
The Cabinet rank ministers from the BJP include Nirmal Singh (deputy CM), Bali Bhagat, Chering Dorjey, Sham Lal Choudhary and Abdul Gani Kohli besides Sajad Gani Lone who was inducted into the council of ministers. The ministers of state from the BJP are Sunil Kumar Sharma, Priya Sethi and Ajay Nanda.