Jammu: BJP on Monday blamed the Jammu and
Kashmir government for "total failure" to ensure a
trouble-free Amarnath yatra and alleged that some officials
were responsible for creating chaos.
"Worst type of situation prevailed in Jammu during the
past 24 hours due to failure of government and divisional
administration to regulate and ensure trouble-free Amarnath
yatra," BJP state president Shamsher Singh Manhas told
"The state government and top divisional authorities
should own responsibility for creating a chaotic situation in
Jammu by stopping traffic on the highway. Punishment should be
given to the officials responsible for creating such a bad
situation," he said.
Manhas claimed that the government was deliberately
trying to stop the yatra by not making arrangements for food
and shelter for pilgrims which include women and children.
There was a huge influx of around 50,000 pilgrims
after the yatra was suspended due to landslides, causing heavy
rush at the Amarnath cave, Baltal and Pahalgam routes.
As result of the rush, police stopped Amarnath-bound
vehicles from Lakhampur, Kathua, Samba, Nagrota, Patnitop and
Ramban which caused heavy traffic jams.
"Police not only stopped Amarnath pilgrims, but also
Vasihnodevi pilgrims, Kashmir-bound people and locals. There
was no governance seen on the ground," Manhas claimed.