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J&K land issue: 'It's a question of people's sentiments'
Onkar Singh in New Delhi | June 30, 2008 23:10 IST
Speaking to rediff.com, Mirwaiz said: "The people took to the streets on their own; Nobody instigated them. Don't Kashmiri Pandits living in the Valley have sentiments? Can't they buy land in their own state to create facilities to visit the Amarnath cave? It is a question of people's sentiments. The yatra has been going on for over 150 years and we have welcomed our Hindu brothers for the yatra. Even today, I went myself to the Valley to distribute food to pilgrims."
Admitting that he would not mind if the Amarnath shrine board was headed by Kashmiri Pandits, Farooq said: "You are talking about a piece of land when people in the Valley are talking about Azadi (Freedom)."
Bharatiya Janata Party president Rajnath Singh had declared that his party would make the allotment of land and its subsequent withdrawal by the Gulam Nabi Azad government, a national issue. Senior party leaders will meet on Tuesday in New Delhi to decide the party's course of action on the issue.
"It must remain matter of huge concern that the newly-appointed Governor (NN Vohra) has gone by Azad's line, which is as dubious and decietful as it is communally-motivated. The BJP demands that Azad's government, which has become a national security risk, be thrown out and the state be placed under president's rule before the elections are held," R P Singh, J&K BJP leader told rediff.com.