Jammu, April 10 (Scoop News) – A delegation of Kashmiri Pandits representing Prem Nath Bhat Memorial Trust Nodal Agency led by its Chairman, Dr. A. N. Pandit Wednesday called on Chief Minister Omar Abdullah here and discussed matters relating to the welfare of KPs.
The delegation among other things discussed in detail the matters relating to the Kashmiri Hindu Shrines and Religious Places Bill.
Those who were part of the delegation included B. L. Bhat, ex-MLC, B. L. Saraf, ex-Principal Session Judge/Journalist, Dr. R. L. Bhat, K. K. Khosa, President KP Sabha, Jammu, H. N. Jalla, President AllIndia Kashmiri Pandit Conference, R. K. Raina, Sr. Vice President All State KP Conference, M. K. Raina, President Shri Jawala Jee Samiti, Prof. M. L. Tiku, President Prabandak Committee, Bijbehara, B. L. Bhat, Activist PNBT and Dr. A. N. Pandit, Chairman PNBT.
Earlier KP leaders warned to boycott the alliance partners in all the forthcoming functions till a written assurance is given on passage of the Bill during next session of Assembly.
In a joint press conference of KP organizations organized by Pandit Prem Nath Bhat Memorial Trust at Jammu the Senior KP leaders made an appeal to the community members to boycott both the parties by not inviting their leaders in any community function in view of their dubious role on Shrines and Temples Bill. They said the boycott will continue till a written assurance comes from Government on the Bill which is hanging in balance for last more than four years.
Terming the sending of the Bill to SC as a “sinister design of the coalition,” Dr Agnishekhar said the community was expecting it and hence it is neither shocked nor was surprised over the decision. He also did not spare those community people who are playing to galleries saying that rare bills have come back from SC for passage so far.
Dr R L Bhat spokesperson of the Trust termed the role of coalition partners totally betrayal on the Bill. He said that it is unfortunate that while the opposition MLAs supported the Bill the coalition sabotaged it by raising certain unjustified points to send it to Select Committee’’.
Dr Bhat warned that community can go to any extent in safeguarding its religious places in Valley. The community in exile wants that Bill be passed immediately for protection of over 800 temples and Hindu shrines in the Valley, he added.
Ashwani Kumar Chrungoo, president PK said that government complicated the issue itself by sending the Bill to SC. He said that it will become an issue not only at state but at national level now. This decision has thrown a challenge to the community, which has to resolve that it will overcome the challenge, he added.
Dr K N Pandita said that after the Maharaja’s rule all endowments went back to their original care takes and no one has right to create hurdles in passage of the Bill.
Kundan Kashmiri, president KPC said that some external forces are against the Bill and he endorsed the demand of boycotting the political leaders on the community functions till the Bill is passed.
Endorsing the demand, chairman of the PNM Trust Dr A N Pandita,M K Jalali President Sharika Peeth, H L Chatta, president ASKPC, H L Jatu of AIKPC, KHC leaders M L Thusoo, PL Koul Badgami and K L Ganjoo said that Congress NC has shaken the community faith and community should not invite its leaders in the forthcoming functions