Jammu: The VHP on Tuesday threatened to launch
country-wide agitation over Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN
Vohra`s decision to curtail the Amarnath yatra by a period of
15 days and asked him to reconsider his decision.
"We warn the Governor to immediately change his
decision of curtailment in the Amarnath yatra period by 15
days and make an announcement of holding full 2-month long
period yatra as per the traditional and religious calendar",
VHP State President Dr Ramakant Dubey told reporters in Jammu on Tuesday.
He said that the Governor had succumbed to the
pressure of the separatist forces and elements inimical to the
peace and had therefore curtailed the yatra by 15 days and
violated the religious calendar of the yatra.
"If the decision to curtail yatra was not reversed in
J&K, VHP along with its sister organisations will launch
agitation of protests and demonstrations across the country to
put pressure on the Governor and mobilise the public opinion",
It may be recalled that Shri Amarnath Shrine Board
(SASB) headed by the Governor as its Chairman had announced
that the yatra will commence from June 29 instead of its
commencement timing as per the religious calendar of Jaishta
Purnima which falls on June 15.
Lashing out at separatists for oppositing the yatra,
the VHP state President said that there no Kashmiriyat existed
in Kashmir and it was just a tool of propaganda.
"Kashmiriyat believes in peace and religious
co-existence and brotherhood, but anti-peace elements and
separatists have forgotten it and have been opposing the
yatra", he said.
Terming Amarnath yatris as messengers of peace and
brotherhood, he advised the separatists and anti-peace brigade
to help the yatra to be conducted successfully by welcoming
pilgrims and living upto the expectations of Kashmiriyat.
"We hope that the Governor will reconsider the
decision and people in Kashmir will fully support and welcome
yatris to make the yatra the most successful one this year,"