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Cong-PDP degrading Amarnath yatra: Sarvagya Peeth

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Lucknow, July 6 (UNI) Sharda Sarvagya Peeth of Kashmir today alleged that the state's ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) in nexus with the Congress was trying to "degrade" the Amarnath yatra, so that people lost faith and stopped visiting the shrine.

''The PDP does not want Hindus to visit Kashmir and is trying to create controversy on the yatra. They even played with the Hindus' sentiments by making an artificial 'shivlinga','' Peeth head Swami Amritanand Deo Tirth Maharaj told mediapersons here.

He said the present coalition government in J&K was acting on the diktats of Pakistan.

He also questioned the Congress' stance on the Amarnath yatra controversy. ''Congress' silence over the issue proves they support the PDP move to prevent Hindus from travelling to the valley in the name of the Anmarnath yatra,'' he maintained.

Criticising the Amarnath Shrine Board, the Maharaj claimed it was playing with the religious sentiments of Hindus with the artificial 'Shivlinga'.

Blaming the advancement of the yatra and the hot weather for non-formation of a natural 'Shivlinga' at the Amarnath cave, he said the climate near the shrine was very hot as the number of people visiting the place had increased manifold. Even, a helipad has been constructed near the cave.

Giving a clean chit to Jammu and Kashmir Governor S K Sinha, he demanded the Board activities be probed for the reason behind advancement of Yatra by 30 days.

Earlier, the yatra used to be held in July-August, but this time it was held in June-July.

Referring to the ''unholy'' activities of the Shrine Board, the Sarvagya Peth chief said, ''They want Hindus to cancel their Amarnath trip in future. Hence, they are taking such steps so that people lose faith in the yatra.'' UNI MB VS RR BST1734

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