New Delhi, Apr 14: The two BJP ministers, Chaudhary Lal Singh and Chander Parkash Ganga, who were a part of the rally taken out in support of the Kathua gangrape and murder accused on Friday resigned due to mounting pressure from opponents. Industries and Commerce Minister Chander Prakash Ganga and Forest Minister Lal Singh although 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 Narendra Modi on Friday slammed the two leaders saying that being ministers, they shouldn’t have joined the attack on J&K police for arresting the accused in the rape of an eight-year-old minor. PM also rejected the ministers’ defence that they had attended the rally organised by Hindu Ekta Manch to defuse the tension.

The two minister, according to the reports, had also addressed the crowd at the rally. Defending themselves, the two ministers had also said that they were trying to ease the Hindus who had been protesting over the demographic mix in Jammu due to the settlement of Rohingyas and Bakarwal community members.

The resignation came soon after PM Modi condemned the Kathua and Unnao rape cases. Speaking at the inaugural function of Dr Ambedkar National Memorial, PM said that crimes against women have shamed the country and the culprits won’t be spared. “It’s an insult to the freedom fighters who gave their lives for the Independence of this country. We are all ashamed as a society, as a country,” Modi said. (Also Read: Kotak Mahindra Bank Expels Assistant Manager For Celebrating Kathua Gangrape Victim’s Death)

“Incidents being discussed since past two days cannot be part of a civilised society. As a country, as a society, we all are ashamed of it. I want to assure the country that no culprit will be spared, complete justice will be done. Our daughters will definitely get justice,” PM Modi said. (Also Read: Two BJP Ministers Resign; Ram Madhav Says no Problem in Alliance With PDP)

The two BJP ministers handed over their letters of resignation to state BJP chief Sat Sharma. Confirming the reports of their resignation, BJP’s state chief spokesperson Sunil Sethi said, “It is a simple resignation letter, but they have done it to save party from the adverse publicity going on in the media about their publicly supporting the Hindu Ekta Manch who have been demanding shifting of investigations into the girl’s rape and murder case from state’s Crime Branch to CBI.”