Amarnath row is a ''religion-based'' politics: BJP

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Jammu, Aug 1 (UNI) Lashing out at the Congress and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Bharatiya Janata Party today said the revocation of land transfer order is absolutely a ''religion-based'' politics by the Kashmir-centric leadership to generate vote bank in the coming Assembly elections.

''Amarnath issue was flared up by some political parties with vested interests to generate vote bank in the Valley, which is completely a religion-based politics,'' Kiran Maheshwari, BJP All India Mahila Morcha president said at a press conference here.

Besides the Amarnath issue, Ms Kiran said, the clemency to Afzal Guru and lifting of the POTA were also a part of religion-based politics only to generate vote bank by the Congress party.

''We are not secure in our own nation as no solid steps were initiated by the Centre to counter terrorism in India,'' Ms Kiran said.

Ms Kiran who is also an MP in the Lok Sabha criticised the Human Right Violation (HRV) for showing no concern with the people of Jammu, who faced the barbarism of police and security forces.

''The Muthi incident is condemnable wherein police forcibly entered the houses and mercilessly thrashed women and children but I am shocked that members of HRV had paid no attention to the brutality of the police,'' she added.

The Mahila Morcha president said had it been Kashmir, the HRV agencies would have rushed there but Jammu always faced discrimination ''The ongoing agitation has strengthened the people of Jammu and brought them at one to fight for their rights,'' she added and asserted, ''coming to power is mandatory to solve certain issues.'' Ms Kiran was accompanied by Sangeeta Singh Dev, BJP MP in the Lok Sabha, while they were on a day visit to review the tense situation in Jammu.

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