Last Updated: January 18, 2023, 13:15 IST
Jammu and Kashmir Congress spokesperson Deepika Pushkar Nath on Tuesday resigned from the celebration, citing its choice to “enable” former minister Lal Singh to join the Rahul Gandhi-led Bharat Jodo Yatra which will enter the Union territory later this week.
Nath said she is leaving the party on ideological grounds as Singh was responsible for sabotaging the 2018 Kathua rape case by “brazenly defending” rapists of an eight-year-old nomadic woman.
Singh, a two-time MP and three-time MLA, had switched from Congress to BJP in 2014 and was additionally a minister in the PDP-BJP authorities which collapsed in June, 2018 after the nationwide celebration pulled out of the alliance.
Several months earlier than the autumn of the federal government, Singh resigned from BJP and floated Dogra Swabhiman Sangathan Party (DSSP) following an uproar over his participation in a rally in assist of the Kathua rape accused in January 2018.
He had defended his participation in the rally stating that he was there to “defuse the scenario”.
“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.
“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,” Nath wrote on Twitter.
A lawyer by occupation, Nath took the mother and father of the sufferer to the excessive courtroom at Jammu for monitoring of the investigation and likewise guided them to method the Supreme Court for in search of switch of the trial to Pathankot (Punjab).
Earlier in the day, AICC in-charge of J&Okay Rajni Patil informed reporters right here that any chief who believes in the ideology of Gandhi is welcome to affix the Bharat Jodo Yatra.
Responding to a query that Singh’s becoming a member of the yatra may need a fallacious impression, Patil stated, “We are solely focussed on our chief’s march. If he believes that Gandhi is bridging the hole between completely different religions and castes, he’s welcome.” On the hoisting of national flag at Lal Chowk by Gandhi on January 30 when the yatra is scheduled to end, she said “the tricolour always flutters high in our party office there”.
“We should not transferring with RSS agenda… We will unfurl the tricolour, which Gandhi is carrying from Kanyakumari to Kashmir, at our celebration workplace in Lal Chowk (as a substitute of Clock Tower),” she stated.
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