Kathua Rape and Murder case: Congress, BJP try to score points over each other

Kathua Rape and Murder case: Congress, BJP try to score points over each other
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Afaq Bhat

Srinagar, Apr 16: Since the day two BJP ministers have been sacked for participating in a rally organized by Hindu Ekta Manch, the BJP is trying to build pressure on the Congress party to sack their leaders who opposed the Crime Branch probe.
Soon after Chaudary Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga were sacked, a few people pointed out that the President of the Jammu Bar Association who allegedly threatened the lawyer representing the victim’s family, is a Congressman and he is very close to the senior Congress leader.
On the other hand the fingers are being pointed toward the Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee chief who seen in a video terming the police probe in the Kathua rape-and-murder case motivated and defending the public protests against it.
An analyst said, “Narrative in Jammu region changed only after the incident triggered outrage across the country. Till then everyone tried to defend the accused and political parties which have got stakes in Jammu region also joined the chorus.”
He said, “Now the narrative has changed and everyone is now trying to claim that they never supported the accused.”
“It’s unfortunate that the rape and murder of the poor girl was blown out of proportion and everyone tried to play politics over it. The Congress high command should also take stern action against the people who came out in support of the accused,” he added.
Citing the BJP’s decision to remove two of its ministers, who had joined protests against the probe, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar wondered if Congress president Rahul Gandhi would only point fingers at others but maintain silence on the comments of his party’s Jammu and Kashmir unit chief.
“When our ministers expressed these sentiments, the Congress, the media made a lot of noise. We took action. They resigned. Now we want to ask Rahul Gandhi, who took out a candlelight march (protesting the growing incidents of crime against women in the country), why is he not taking action against his party’s state president,” Javadekar said.
A Congress party leader said, “BJP knows it very well that it has been exposed. Now it’s trying to drag the Congress into this entire issue. All of us know it very well that BJP openly supported the accused and left no stone unturned to sabotage the probe.”
On being told that video in which JKPCC chief is heard supporting the accused, the Congress leader said, “The authenticity of the video should be verified. It could be a doctored video also.”