New Delhi, Apr 17: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday asked all of its ministers in the Jammu and Kashmir government to resign but said that it will not affect the ruling coalition. The ministers, according to the reports, have resigned to make way for the new inductees. All the BJP ministers have submitted their resignation to the BJP J&K unit chief. “BJP ministers to resign from J&K government to make way for new inductees. It is a reshuffle and nothing else,” J&K sources told ANI.

According to the sources in the BJP, the decision was taken at a core group meeting, chaired by party Vice President Avinash Rai Khanna, at the party headquarters here. “All BJP ministers have been directed to submit their resignations from the state council of ministers. All BJP ministers have resigned ahead of a cabinet reshuffle and this does not in any way mean the BJP has pulled out of the government,” the source said.

Sources in the Peoples Democratic Party told IANS the resignations of the BJP ministers is a prelude to the BJP’s reconstitution of their part of the council of ministers without any bearing on the continuation of the coalition government in the state.

This has come a few days after two BJP ministers, Chaudhary Lal Singh and Chander Parkash Ganga accused of being part of the rally taken out in support of Kathua gangrape and murder accused, resigned amid mounting pressure from opponents and protests from J&K chief minister Mehbooba Mufti.

While the two ministers claimed that they resigned on their own, sources have revealed that the two BJP ministers resigned after Prime Minister Narendra Modi refused to accept their reason for being a part of the rally. PM also rejected the ministers’ defence that they had attended the rally organised by Hindu Ekta Manch to defuse the tension.

PM Modi on Friday slammed the two BJP minister saying that being ministers in the J&K government, they shouldn’t have joined the attack on J&K police for arresting the accused in the gangrape of an eight-year-old minor.

Defending their move, the two ministers, however, maintained that they wanted to defuse the tension and maintain calm in the area. The protesters had been demanding a CBI probe into the Kathua gangrape case.

However, it should be noted that Lal Singh on Tuesday took part in another rally calling for a CBI probe into the case and demanded Mufti’s resignation for her “failure” to address the issue. Saying that the CM failed to understand the popular sentiment, Singh said, “It is her biggest failure. If she has wisdom and conscience, she should resign.”