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Sangharsh Samiti rejects Centre's plea for peace

By Onkar Singh in New Delhi
August 07, 2008 00:47 IST
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The All Party Sangharsh Samiti has rejected the government's decision not to recall Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra, according to Dr Ajay Churangu, one of the Punan Kashmir leaders.Churangu could not attend the all-party meeting in Delhi because of the traffic blockade on the highway.

"The government has rejected our basic demand -- that Governor N N Vohra be recalled. The other demand is to allot the land to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board," Churangu told on the phone from his residence in Jammu.

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The members of the coordination committee of the All Party Sangharsh Samiti met late on Wednesday evening and discussed the press statement issued by the Centre, after the conclusion of the all party meeting, called by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, in Delhi.

He dismissed the charge that the people of Jammu were resorting to an economic blockade and essential supplies, including food and medicines, were not reaching Kashmir.

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" This is a canard that had been spread by the vested interests. In fact, the government has directed the Army to ensure that the vehicular traffic, carrying food and other essential supplies, reaches Srinagar. This again proves our charge that no matter who is at the helm of affairs, there is always an attempt to appease the Muslim community at the cost of the Hindus," he said.

Sant Sharma, another member of the Samiti, said that though Jammu was larger in terms area, it had only 37 representatives in the state assembly while Kashmir had 46 seats.

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Another agitator claimed that though Jammu contributes 70 per cent of the state's revenues, it received only thirty per cent of it while the rest was spent on Kashmir. The Amarnath land row had given the people of Jammu an opportunity to express their pent up feelings, he claimed.

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Onkar Singh in New Delhi