SAMBA (JAMMU): BJP MLA Chaudhary Lal Singh on Tuesday led a rally for a CBI investigation in the Kathua rape case. The former environment minister resigned from the State cabinet over his participation in support of the accused in the gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua district along with Industries minister Chander Prakash Ganga.
The MLA from Bhansoli asked for the resignation of J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti for her failure to understand the situation. Singh told the reporters “It is her (Mehbooba Mufti’s) biggest failure. If she has wisdom and conscience, she should resign.”
“If two ministers can sacrifice their posts in the interest of peace, those who are actually responsible for creating such an atmosphere should listen to their conscience,” he claimed.
When asked about his resignation from the cabinet, Singh blamed the media for creating a wrong image about him, “We resigned because the perception created by the national media was not good. It portrayed the situation in a wrong way, which was not the case at all. It was portrayed that the entire Jammu region was siding with rapists”.
Singh further added that there was no need to resign had the media not created such a perception, “It (the perception) created problems for our prime minister and country. It was not good. So, we preferred to resign. We have not done anything wrong.”