Jammu, August 01 (Scoop News)- State BJP has taken strong note of state administration’s decision to stop Kounsar Nag Yatra amounting to communal tension in Aharbal area of South Kashmir.
Terming withdrawal of permission to traditional pilgrimage to Kounsar Nag as against values of secularism and democracy, BJP State Spokesperson Dr. Nirmal Kamal said that the situation is arisen due to non-existence of any government in the state. Clarifying her stance, she said that after parting ways by Congress and NC as partners in coalition government ahead of assembly elections, there has not been any clarity on the nature of government functioning in the state. Withdrawal of permission to pilgrims who every year participate in Kaunsar Nag Yatra popularly known as Kramsaras Tirth among Kashmiri Pandits and which has been providing employment to several people on the way is not a healthy step maintaining cultural secular conditions in the state.
It only speaks about separatists’ agenda being carried forward by the state administration. She further added that on one hand Omar Abdullah, who projects himself more as Chief Minister of Kashmir and his colleagues from Jammu, who project themselves as champions of cause of Kashmiri Pandits wishing them to return to Kashmir valley, on the other, are answerable to this action taken by the state administration. It also appears that the non-effective state government is hell-bent to create Shri Amarnath Yatra land row of 2008 like situation again in the region.
Dr. Nirmal Kamal warned that the government should desist from such acts and take all the necessary effective steps to ensure than this annual pilgrimage takes place in a peaceful manner.
Meanwhile State VHP General Secretary Dr. Sham Lal Gupta while addressing the media expressed great concern & shock over the denial of permission to the Yatries of “Kousar Naag” yatra. It is very painful to say that the administration instead of encouraging, giving boost to the promotion of the yatra, the Administration on the other hand discouraging the tourists & Yatries for going to Yatra. The statement of the Government is very unfortunate & it has become a crystal clear that the administration is playing in the hands of separatists & anti national forces. It is pertinent to mention here that every year approximately 1.5 Crores come to J&K state for tourism & religious Yatra. Out of the above figure 1.10 Crores visit Mata Vaishno Devi, 20 Lakhs on Shiv Khori Yatra, 5 Lakhs Buda Amarnath Yatra, 3 Lakhs Machail Mata Yatra. In addition, Yatries from other parts of India also visit Mata Sukrala Devi, Bala Sundri, Chichi Mata & others. It means more than 1.45 Crores people come to J&K State for religious Yatra’s & only 4-5 Lakhs visit the state as tourist. Through these Yatras the Government earn handsome revenue. In spite of all, that the Yatries are big assets to J&K Government, the Government under the pressure of separatists discourages the people for religious yatras & ultimately to stop.
Further it is also added that Buda Amarnath Yatra started today on 1st August 2014 from Bhagwati Nagar, Jammu & the route of the yatra has already been decided one month before in the office of Divisional Commissioner in the presence of all concerned DC’s & police authorities & the minutes of the meeting were also issued by the Divisional Commissioner Jammu to the concerned offices but it is very sad to say that Administration instead of smooth conduct of Baba Buda Amarnath Yatra not cooperating with the people who are engaged for the conduct of Yatra. The route of Baba Buda Amarnath yatra is once again that the yatra will start at 4:30 AM from base camp Bhagwati Nagar to Akhnoor Jia Pota Ghat Breakfast at Sundarbani at 8:30AM- Mangala Mata via Seri, Rajouri at 2:30PM & after lunch to leave Rajouri by 3:30PM & finally stay at Poonch & the next day after making Darshan at Baba Chattani to Rajouri, Shiv Khori & finally at Jammu. Several resentments have been reported by the people coming from different states & the harsh attitude of the police authorities with the Yatries. VHP has taken a very strong notice of this callous attitude of the Authorities who are intentionally avoiding to support the yatras & warned the Government & the authorities concerned to take all requisite steps for a happy & smooth conduct of the yatra otherwise VHP shall take independent decisions for successful & smooth conduct of Yatra & if anything happens adverse the Administration shall be solely responsible.
Sh. Hem Raj Khajuria working President & others were also present in the press conference.
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