VHP threatens to begin Amarnath yatra on June 15

Lashing at the Jammu and Kashmir government for curtailing the Amarnath yatra period by 15 days, VHP on Tuesday threatened to commence the pilgrimage from June 15 if the Governor failed to "rectify" the decision.

Last Updated: Apr 19, 2011, 16:33 PM IST

Jammu: Lashing at the Jammu and Kashmir
government for curtailing the Amarnath yatra period by 15
days, VHP on Tuesday threatened to commence the pilgrimage from
June 15 if the Governor failed to "rectify" the decision.
"We threaten to launch the yatra and start this year`s
annual Amarnath yatra ourselves from June 15 if the Shri
Amarnath Shrine Board headed by its chairman and Governor N N
Vohra did not rectify the decision at the earliest," VHP
National Spokesperson, Prakash Sharma told reporters here.

The Yatra traditionally and annually commences from June
15 and ends on August 13 - on Raksha Bandan. "But the Board
decided to cut the yatra period by 15 days and start it on
June 29, hurting (the sentiments of) crores of Hindus in the
country," the VHP leader said.

The 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.
Sharma lashed at the State Government and Governor N N
Vohra for triggering an agitation on the pattern of the
Amarnath land row of 2008 and said "they have taken such a
decision under the pressure of the separatists in Kashmir".

"We urge the Governor to reconsider the decision
immediately so that the yatra is commenced normally.
Otherwise, we also will launch an agitation across the country
before starting the yatra ourselves," he said.

PTI