One crore BJP workers to court arrest on Shrine issue: Rajnath

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Bangalore, Aug 19 (UNI) Charging that UPA government had 'crumbled' under the pressure from anti-national and separatist forces in Jammu and Kashmir on the land allotment to Amarnath Shrine Board issue, BJP president Rajnath Singh today said that the government had played into the hands of separatist forces.

Speaking at a press conference he said the ineptness of the centre in fighting divisive forces was evident when people hoisted Pakistan flag in Srinagar's Lal Chowk on the Independence day and even tried to cross LOC.

He said the UPA government had completely messed up the issue of land allotment to Amarnath Shrine Board.

Describing the situation in J &K is most alarming, he said, "If the BJP could be served notice by the EC for allegedly circulating a controversial CD during the UP Assembly elections, which we never claimed as ours, then there should be at least some action initiated against all these parties which have turned grossly remained anti-national in their bid to appease separatist forces." Cautioning that Government not play with the emotions of millions of devotees and immediately return the allotted land to Shrine Board, the BJP president urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take immediate initiative to find a solution on the crisis in Jammu and Kashmir.

"By delaying finding a solution to the problem, the government is turning the bad situation into worse," he said.

Stating that it was high time the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir under article 370 be withdrawn, he said the government should initiate a national debate on the issue.

If BJP comes to power on its own strength in the coming Lok Sabha elections, it would consider withdrawing the special status, he said.

Earlier addressing the members of the Party's State Executive, Mr Singh announced that on August 21, members of his party at all overt the country would demonstrate demanding immediate handing over of withdrawn land to Amarnath Shrine Board.

It was also planned to court arrest with over one crore party workers participating in it, he said.


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