In a disgraceful move, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA from Kathua Rajeev Jasrotia has been given a ministerial berth in today’s cabinet reshuffle in the Jammu & Kashmir Government. This move from BJP is facing severe backlash on social media already. It was in Rajiv Jasrotia’s constituency that the horrific rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl took place, sending shockwaves across the nation. The BJP MLA had disappeared for two days at the time after he was questioned about the incident
Jammu and Kashmir Assembly speaker Kavinder Gupta and seven others were sworn in as ministers in the state’s PDP-BJP government led by Mehbooba Mufti.
Gupta will be the new deputy chief minister in place of Nirmal Singh, who submitted his resignation last night, officials said.
The new BJP faces sworn in as ministers were the party’s state unit chief Satpal Sharma and the MLAs from Kathua and adjoining Sambha, Rajiv Jasrotia and Devinder Kumar Manyal, respectively.
Rajeev Jasrotia also evaded questions when asked by the news channel.
Omar Abdullah took to Twitter and expressed his dismay over the promoting of Kathua MLA who had earlier attended the pro-rapist rally organised by Hindu Ekta Munch in Kathua.
“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 said in a tweet.
While the government had passed an ordinance to give death penalty for child rapists, this indifference in the treatment of their own party members and leaders shows how the party enables rogue behavior and rewards them.
The reshuffle is the result of BJP ministers Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga resigning from the cabinet earlier this month after they were criticised for taking part in a rally in support of those accused in the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua.
Congress leader Priyanka Chaturvedi also took to Twitter and blasted BJP.
“As per news reports BJP MLA who attended the pro-rapist rally in Kathua, Rajeev Jasrotia, is now a minister in the cabinet reshuffle. BJP protects rapists and promotes rape apologists. Shame,” she said.