With an eye on the Lok Sabha elections,the Bhartiya Janata party (BJP) and Shri Amarnath Sangarsh Samiti (SASS),which spearheaded the near two month long agitation over transfer of land to Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB),have decided to start the agitation for seeking the withdrawal of Public Safety Act (PSA) against religious preacher,Dinesh Bharti,and to end the discrimination with Jammu region.
SASS will mobilize its cadres for a protest on February 13 for the fulfillment of demands including the compensation to those who were killed in the agitation over transfer of land. “It will be a huge protest,” said Convenor of the SASS,Leela Karan Sharma.
State President of the BJP,Ashok Khajuria,said,”We are committed to lend our support to the cause of SASS.”
However this time not all the parties are giving their support to the stir. President of the Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industries,Ram Sahai,said,”a working committee meeting will be held to decide on the support of any strike or protest by the Shri Amarnath Sangarsh Samiti.”
However President of Shiv Sena Hindustan,Dimpy Kohli,said,that there was no point in supporting any protest of the Amarnath Sangarsh Samiti. “The students are preparing for exams. Already much of the academic calendar has been lost,” he said,adding that government was already reviewing the PSA against Dinesh Bharti. “In fact there is need that the SASS makes public the account of donations which have been made by the people during the agitation over transfer of land to Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB).” He also added that the money which has been donated by people should be used for the welfare of Amarnath pilgrims.
However the Vice President of Jammu Hotel Restaurant and Bar Association,Kuldeep Wahi,said that since the government has not compensated the hotel industry for the losses which were suffered by it in the Amarnath agitation,they have decided to support the protest of the SASS.
“We lost four working months of tourist season and there was nearly a loss of Rs 500 crore to the hotel industry in the agitation. Government has not compensated us for the losses which were suffered.”
In fact the Muslim Co-ordination Committee,which supported the SASS during the near two month long agitation,said that there was no need for a fresh agitation. “It is only a political tactic to again set the state on fire when the Lok Sabha elections are approaching,” said member of the Muslim Co-ordination Committee,Ashiq Hussain.