Centre in touch with J

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New Delhi, Aug 4 (UNI) The government is likely to hold an all-party meeting to decide on the issue of Amarnath Shrine Board land controversy and has offered all possible assistance to the Jammu and Kashmir government to ensure peace in the state.

The Home Ministry is in touch with the Jammu and Kashmir government. Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta has spoken to the senior state government officials, including Chief Secretary, to inquire about the situation in the state. The Centre has offered all possible assistance to the state government to deal with the situation, Home Ministry sources said here.

An all party meeting is likely to be convened to discuss the situation in the state. The meeting to be chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is likely to be held on August 6.

Earlier, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi talked to BJP leaders to discuss the Amarnath land issue. The BJP had already announced to hold nationwide protests against the revoking of land transfer to Shri Amarnath Shrine Board.

The issue of land for the Amarnath shrine trust has polarised Kashmir with widespread protest in Jammu over state government's decision to revert the land transfer.

The state government had planned to transfer land to build shelters for Hindu pilgrims visiting Amarnath cave shrine to pray by a sacred shivlingam. Faced with huge Muslim protests, it rescinded the order, sparking demonstrations by Hindus in Jammu area.

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