PDP dares BJP's call for nationalising Amarnath route

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Srinagar, Sep 14 (UNI) Challenging the Sangh Parivar to carry out its plan of nationalising the Amarnarth route in Kashmir, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said that every Kashmiri will resist such a move with whatever means.

If the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and other members of the Sangh Parivar ever tries to give their designs a practical shape they will find every Kashmiri up in resistance, the PDP President Mehbooba Mufti said in a statement here today.

Reacting to BJP President Rajnath Singh's call for nationalising the Amarnath route, Ms Mufti while it was good that the Sangh Parivar has started opening its cards on Kashmir, but it should serve as a reminder to the saner forces in the country about the dangerous agenda the Parivar has for Kashmir.

She asked the Centre to come clean on the issue in light of what the previous Governor Gen S K Sinha had recently claimed in an interview to the RSS mouthpiece organiser.

She said Gen Sinha in his interview had claimed to have presented to the Central government a comprehensive plan of action to tame Kashmiris, which centered around the Amarnath Cave shrine.

''Although Gen Sinha has said that the Central government had not taken the follow up action even though it was liked for its content'', she said and demanded that the plan be made public.

She said that with the latest demand of nationalising Amarnath route, it seems the area in and around the Amarnath route was to be declared out of bounds for Kashmiris.

Ms Mehbooba said the BJP plan has now also put in place the context in which the Amarnath Shrine Board had been constituted and the dangerous fallout it could have led to, if the people of Kashmir had not risen against the clandestine strategy.

The plans of the Shrine Board under Gen Sinha had included creation of a independent territory in the name of Amarnath Development Authority over an area of 4000 kanals of land stretching between Pahalgam and Sonamarg and establishing not just a large network of permanent dwellings but also creating independent infrastructure like a cable car, power houses, roads and helipads.

The PDP President expressed her surprise that nothing was heard about the enquiry instituted against former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Shrine Board, Dr Arun Kumar for his remarks on Amarnath land and state Assembly.

The government should immediately come out with the enquiry report and made it public. She said to prevent any misadventure at the bureaucratic level in future, government should punished the officer under law of the land.

This, she said, was important for the interests of the public and also for conveying a signal of impartiality at the highest level in the government.

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