Jammu: Asking the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board
to desist from deciding date of commencement of next year
yatra and its duration, the VHP on Saturday said the matter should
be left to Hindu religious leaders and priests.
"We ask SASB and the J&K Governor N N Vohra
to desist from deciding the dates of the commencement of
annual Amarnath yatra and its duration. It should be left to
Hindu religious leaders and priests," VHP national
spokesperson Surinder Jain told reporters.
If the board takes decision with regard to these issues,
we will launch a nationwide agitation, he said.
"The date of commencement of the yatra, its duration and
holding of prayers and rituals are religious issue and board
should not interfere into it...it is a matter of religious
leaders of the community to decide," Jain said.
The board was set up to take care of the facilitation of
the yatra and it should look into the arrangements of the
yatra, security and other facilities, he said.
SASB this year had reduced the duration of the pilgrimage
to Amarnath by 15 days, apprehending bad weather.
The yatra, which starts every year from the mid-June and
continue till September, this year had commenced on June 29.
Jain, who met SASB Chief Executive Officer R K Goyal and
presented the memorandum to the Governor, who is also the
Chairman of the board, said it is unfortunate that despite
repeated efforts Vohra did not met them to discuss the issue.