BJP to continue agitation on Amarnath land allotment issue

July 3rd, 2008 - 6:39 pm ICT by IANS  

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New Delhi, July 3 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) announced Thursday that it would continue to protest the revocation of land allotment to the Amarnath shrine board in Jammu and Kashmir by holding rallies all over the country. Claiming that the nationwide shutdown called by the party on the issue was successful, party spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said the rallies would be held till the 40 hectares were handed back to the board that manages the pilgrimage to the Amarnath shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva.

“The rallies would be held by the state units and central leaders would address them,” he said.

Commenting on the violence in Indore which led to two people being killed and curfew being imposed in some areas in the business hub of the BJP ruled Madhya Pradesh, he said: “This was the result of some mischief.”

He added that the strike was completely peaceful and millions of people had come out to support their agitation, indicating “the growing anguish” against the Congress government.

The BJP spokesperson also clarified that the shutdown was not observed in several places in Gujarat, ruled by the party, due to the Jagannath Yatra at 21 places on Friday.

“The strike was observed at all those places in Gujarat wherever it was possible.”

The Jammu and Kashmir government Tuesday formally cancelled the allotment of the land to the shrine board. The issue that has polarised the state and led to curfew in Hindu-majority Jammu region has been picked up the BJP and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad in the hope that it will find wider resonance in the rest of the country.

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