Cong asks BJP not to fish in troubled waters in J and K

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New Delhi, Aug 8 (UNI) Expressing optimism over Home Minister Shivraj Patil-led all-party delegation on the Amarnath land row achieving its goal of defusing the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, the Congress today asked the BJP to play the role of a ''constructive opposition'' and not to fish in troubled waters at this critical juncture.

''We hope that the BJP will behave like a responsible Opposition,'' AICC Spokesman Shakeel Ahmed told mediapersons, while reminding the BJP its offer of constructive support to the UPA government at the time of its formation in 2004.

He said the BJP should not only participate in the all-party delegation, but also play the role of a responsible Opposition to resolve the sensitive Amarnath land issue.

The all-party delegation is scheduled to visit Jammu and Srinagar tomorrow to help resolve the Amarnath land row which has led to a violent agitation in the state. The decision to send the delegation was taken following the deliberation at the all-party meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday to discuss the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

On the demand of the three Jammu and Kashmir MPs for the removal of state Governor N N Vora, Mr Ahmed said ''the government has not decided anything in this regard till now.'' To repeated questions, he said the removal of Mr Vora was not the demand of the Congress. ''We will talk to the MPs and take them into confidence.'' Asked about the complaint that the administration in Jammu and Kashmir was not functioning properly, he said the Governor was doing his job properly within the situation existing there. ''We cannot say there is failure of administration.'' UNI SH RL HS1739

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