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Deepika Rajawat resigns from Congress against Lal’s participation in Bharat Jodo Yatra

JAMMU: In a major jolt to Congress, Deepika Singh Rajawat has resigned from the post of party spokesperson over the expected participation of former minister Lal Singh in the Bharat Jodo Yatra which is entering Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday.

In a series of tweets, Rajwat announced her resignation from the party, saying Lal Singh defended the rapists of the eight-year-old girl in Kathua’s Rasana and divided the entire Jammu & Kashmir to protect the rapists in the year 2018.

A couple of days earlier, Deepika had raised objection to Lal’s participation in the Yatra, saying that this would malign the march.

“In view of Ch.Lal Singh’s proposal of joining @bharatjodo &  @INCJammuKashmir  allowing the same, I am left with no other option but to resign from @INCIndia .Lal Singh was responsible in sabotaging the Kathua rape case in 2018 by brazenly defending rapists,” Deepika tweeted Tuesday evening.

Deepika, who was also spokesperson of J&K unit of Congress, said Lal Singh divided the entire region of Jammu & Kashmir to protect the rapists and Bharat Jodo Yatra is ideologically opposite to actions of the former minister.

“Lal Singh divided the entire region of Jammu & Kashmir to protect the rapists and @bharatjodo  is ideologically opposite. On ideological grounds, I cannot share the party platform with such a person,” she said.

Lal, along with his colleague Chander Prakash Ganga were forced to resigned from their respective cabinet ministries after their controversial remarks in Kathua minor rape-and-murder case, days before BJP pulled out of the coalition government with PDP in June 2018.

In January 2018, an eight-year-old nomadic Muslim girl in Rasana village of Kathua was kidnapped and raped in captivity after having been kept sedated for four days before she was bludgeoned to death.

Lal Singh along with Chandra Prakash Ganga were forced to resign from Mehbooba Mufti-led council of ministers on April 13, 2018 over their participation in a rally in support of Kathua rapists.

After his ouster from the cabinet, Singh had led a massive campaign to seek CBI probe in Kathua rape and murder case, saying this was a conspiracy to defame entire Dogra community.


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