BJP to launch ‘peaceful’ protest for Amarnath land

August 7th, 2008 - 10:16 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Amarnath Shrine

New Delhi, Aug 7 (IANS) Blaming the Congress-led central government for the crisis in Jammu and Kashmir over transfer of land to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Thursday said it will launch a nationwide peaceful protest from Monday. “The crisis in Jammu is the result of the insensitivity of the central government towards the feeling of hurt and aspirations of the people of the Jammu region, particularly over the last 38 days,” BJP spokesman Prakash Javadekar told reporters here.

“The agitation is a people’s movement and (people from) the Congress, PDP (People’s Democratic Party), National Conference and even non-party people are actively participating in the agitation in large numbers. The people of all religions are also part of the agitation,” he said in a statement.

Javadekar said his party would continue with its plan to launch ‘jail bharo’ or court arrest agitation for three days from Monday.

“All (BJP) leaders, MPs and MLAs as well as elected representatives will court arrest along with people in all state capitals. The BJP is organising this peaceful protest at all Raj Bhawans to educate people of the country and to preserve secular fabric of our country,” he said.

The party statement came a day after an all-party meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at his residence.

After the meeting, which called for peace and dialogue, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee had described BJP’s stand as “supportive”.

The BJP Thursday reiterated its demand that the central government should immediately hold direct dialogue the Amarnath Sangharsh Samiti, which has been leading the agitation in Jammu. It also demanded the revocation of the Jammu and Kashmir government’s controversial decision to withdraw the land allotment.

The Kashmir Valley and Jammu region have witnessed violent protests over the state government decision to allot 40 hectares of land to the shrine board and then cancelling the order.

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