Congress leader in Jammu demands governor’s removal

August 2nd, 2008 - 3:27 pm ICT by IANS  

Jammu, Aug 2 (IANS) A senior Congress leader Saturday demanded the removal of Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra citing his alleged failure to control the deteriorating law and order situation in the state. Former minister and a lawmaker Raman Bhalla alleged Vohra had failed to instil confidence among the people and that the situation had deteriorated under his rule.

Jammu and Kashmir is under governor’s rule since July 9 when Ghulam Nabi Azad, who was heading the Congress-led coalition government, resigned from the post of chief minister.

Azad was forced to step down after the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), a key ally, withdrew its support over the controversial land deal favouring a Hindu shrine board. The order was later revoked.

Bhalla is the first prominent Congress leader to have voiced a demand for Vohra’s recall, which is on top of the agenda of the Bharatiya Janta Party and Amarnath Yatra Sangarsh Samiti, spearheading the Jammu agitation for the restoration of the land.

Some Hindu groups have turned hostile to Vohra for they believe that it was his June 29 letter saying that the shrine board didn’t need the piece of land if the state government could make arrangements for Amarnath pilgrimage which resulted in the rescinding of the land transfer order.

Meanwhile, National Conference leader Shamsher Singh, who is also a corporator in Jammu Municipal Corporation, has quit the party and declared his support for Jammu agitation.

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