Congress blames BJP for violence in Valley

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New Delhi, Aug 5 (UNI) A day before the government-sponsored all-party meeting on the security situation arising out of the Amarnath land row, the Congress today charged the BJP and the Hindutva outfits with 'backing' the violent agitation on the issue in Jammu and Kashmir.

"If they think for a moment the whole thing will come to an end...Their action only strengthens the anti-national forces," aicc spokesman Manish Tewari told mediapersons, while pointing his fingers at the BJP, RSS, VHP, Hindu Mahasabha and the Bajrang Dal.

Asked if the BJP was responsible for the escalation of violence in the Valley, Mr Tewari said "when they are in the forefront of the agitation, they are responsible." He said the Congress had been telling them that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir was not like any other part of India. "We had problems and we had contained the proxy war after fighting for 17 years." Referring to the all-party meeting convened by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here tomorrow, he said the first priority of the government was to stop violence and restore normalcy.

"Once you have a semblance of normalcy, the stakeholders can be taken on board and the issues resolved." He said the level of violence had come down in the Valley after disturbances for 17 years. "Nothing should be allowed to be done that will disrupt peace in the Valley." AICC general secretary Veerappa Moily said it was Congress president Sonia Gandhi who took the first initiative towards resolving the crisis in Jammu and Kashmir. She had talked to BJP president Rajnath Singh.

"We should not play politics on a sensitive issue like that of Jammu and Kashmir," he said, indirectly referring to the BJP's alleged role in the agitation.

Asserting that the "country is more important than the party agenda," Mr Moily said the situation could be contained if all political parties decided to cooperate with the government.

He said the number of yatris visiting the Amarnath shrine had come down to 5,000 from 50,000 due to the trouble brewing there. "Are they helping the yatris or working against them ?" he asked.


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