Advani satisfied over agreement over Amarnath rowAugust 31st, 2008 - 10:30 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Aug 31(IANS) Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K. Advani Sunday said he was satisfied over the agreement reached between Hindu agitators and the Jammu and Kashmir government over the bitter Amarnath land row.Advani said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had told him that government would not succumb to pressure from Kashmiri separatists.
“I feel satisfied (over the agreement),” he said on the sidelines of a BJP rally organised at the Ramlila Maidan here Sunday.
The BJP leader said he had written a letter to the prime minister that it was not a Hindu versus Muslim issue and that it was not a Jammu versus the Kashmir Valley issue.
“This was a surrender to the pressure from separatists and therefore the problem had arisen,” he said.
“He (the PM) stated firmly that under no circumstances will the government take the decision under pressure from separatists,” Advani said.
The agitation over the Amarnath land row in Jammu region ended early Sunday after an agreement was reached between a government panel and a conglomerate of Hindu groups, giving exclusive rights to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) to use the 40 hectares of land at Baltal during the pilgrimage period.