Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and women activists on Wednesday asked Ashok Gehlot government to sack dairy and Khadi minister Babulal Nagar who has been booked for allegedly raping a woman at his official residence.
Demanding CBI probe in the case, Rajasthan BJP president Vasundhara Raje said, “The chief minister has said law will take its own course, but when? Rajasthan ranks number two in the country in atrocities against women. Such a minister should not remain in office,” she said.
Nagar was booked on Tuesday, after the woman complained he had called her to his residence on September 11 and offered her a job. The minister has denied the allegations and called the woman’s complaint a conspiracy.
The woman has demanded security, claiming the minister and his wife have been warning her of dire consequences if she did not withdraw the case. Additional superintendent of police (CID-Crime Branch) VK Gaur, who is investigating the case, recorded her statement.
Chief minister Ashok Gehlot, while evading queries on Nagar’s resignation, said the law will take its own course and there would be no political interference in the probe.
BJP women’s wing president Suman Sharma demanded Nagar’s resignation and arrest besides a judicial inquiry into the case. Activists of BJP women’s wing also burnt an effigy of the minister.
“We condemn minister’s heinous act and demand he should be sacked,” said Kavita Shrivastav, a women’s rights activist.