Govt provoking trouble over Amarnath Yatra duration: BJP
Jammu, May 16: Bhartiya Janata Party today accused the coalition government in the state of provoking trouble over the Amarnath yatra duration.
“Provocation and vengeance cannot be the virtue of any democratically elected government”, Chief Spokesperson BJP state unit and National Executive Member, Dr Jitendra Singh said in a statement while expressing concern over the “purported moves of the state government of allegedly vitiating the atmosphere over Amarnath Yatra by threatening of police action against pilgrims”.
Dr Singh referred to Nitish Sen Committee report of 1996 and the subsequent General Mukherjee report, “which clearly stated that the duration of Yatra was primarily a prerogative of religious leaders and it was government responsibility to arrange for security as per the requirements of Yatra period and number of pilgrims”.
He reminded that Nitish Sen Committee was constituted following a tragedy claiming over 200 lives and the essence of Nitish Sen observations was to provide security to pilgrims for their protection and safety, and not for causing insecurity to them by threatening with risk to life in the hands of police and para-military agencies.
Referring to Shrine Board Act of 2000 which inspired constituting of Shrine Board in 2001, Dr Jitendra Singh explained that the essence of an independent board with Governor as its Chairman was to keep it above any interference from political leadership and appealed to the Governor to immediately intervene before the situation takes an ugly turn.
He also expressed disappointment over the role played by the Shrine Board Sub Committee which had, instead of taking a clear stand, tried to be evasive on the issue which is evident from the fact that on page number 18 of its recent report, one after the other in three different paragraphs, three different dates namely June 25, June 17 and June 4 have been mentioned for possible commencement of the yatra.
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