Hold political audit of Jammu and Kashmir: Jaitly

September 3rd, 2008 - 12:17 am ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, Sep 2 (IANS) “Taking into account the social and the political scenario in Kashmir, we demand a political audit of the country with a special reference to Jammu and Kashmir,” said Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) general secretary Arun Jaitley Tuesday here. He blamed India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru for the unrest and instability prevailing in the Kashmir Valley.

“The incomplete merger of Kashmir with India was a `historical blunder’ by Nehru and till today we are paying its price,” said Jaitley at a public function organised here by the state BJP unit.

Violence, terrorism and insecurity in the Kashmir Valley are an offshoot of that blunder only, he added.

The dispute over land for the Amarnath pilgrims led to polarisation in Jammu and Kashmir, with Hindu majority Jammu for the move and Muslim dominated Kashmir against it. The controversy snowballed into major protests with curfews and shutdowns paralysing life in both parts for almost three months.

On Sunday, the agreement to set aside 40 hectares of land for the Amarnath pilgrims during the duration of the pilgrimage led to Jammu quietening down, though protests were still heard in Kashmir.

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