The PDP leadership will meet tomorrow in Srinagar to discuss the situation emerging following the brutal gangrape and killing of an eight-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua, a party spokesman said today.
According to PDP sources, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who will chair the meeting, is likely to tell the BJP, a coalition partner in the ruling coalition in the state, to ask its ministers - Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga - to resign.
The two ministers had attended a meeting in the girl's village in support of the accused in the case and demanded a CBI probe in the matter last month.
"A meeting of senior party leaders is being held tomorrow and important issues relating to political, party and administration in J&K will be discussed," PDP chief spokesman Rafi Ahmed Mir said.
The leaders may also discuss the emerging situation in Jammu, he said.
Asked whether Mehbooba Mufti has given an ultimatum to the BJP to sack the two ministers, Mir said it is matter to be discussed between the alliance partners "and after that we well see".
"The most important point is whether Mehbooba Mufti has become weak due to their (BJP ministers) visit to that place. She has not become weak but completed investigation into the case," he emphasised.
Replying to another question on the remarks of Tourism Minister and Mehbooba Mufti's brother, Tassaduq Mufti, the PDP leader said "he said the truth".
"We are very concerned and perturbed about (the situation in Jammu)", Mir said, adding, "He said the right thing and there is nothing new in it."
Yesterday, Tassaduq Mufti said the Peoples Democratic Party has become a "partner in crime with the BJP and the gradual schism of state's residents may lead to unprecedented bloodshed."
He said he cannot remain quiet just because he is in the government and that the PDP will have to "take one last bow and apologise to people for having unknowingly pushed them into something they did not deserve."
"I am not going to remain quiet and act as if I am unmoved by the tragedy that is unfolding at the ground level, just because I am a part of the government," he said.
The body of the girl was recovered from woods on January 17, a week after she had gone missing while grazing horses in a village in Kathua district.
On January 23, the government had handed over the case to the crime branch, which formed a Special Investigation Team and arrested eight people, including two Special Police Officers (SPOs) and a head constable, who was charged with destruction of evidence.
The crime branch filed a main chargesheet against seven accused on Monday and one separate chargesheet against another accused, who was earlier said to be a juvenile, at a court in Kathua district on Tuesday.