Vishwa Hindu Parishad on Thursday urged President Pratibha Devisingh Patil to recall Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra, who is also chairman of Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB), for allegedly hurting the sentiments of the Hindus through "serious irregularities" in the conduct of the Amarnath yatra.
"'Till 2009, the yatra ran for 60 days. But in 2010, for some strange reasons, it was reduced to 55 days. Faced with protests from the Hindus and the saints, the Governor gave assurances for a 60-day yatra the following year," VHP spokesman Surendra Kumar Jain told reporters.
He said when the time for the yatra came in 2011, the Governor, under a "mysterious arbitrary move", curtailed the yatra duration to 45 days.
The VHP has written a letter to the President in this regard.
Jain said the yatra was further curtailed to 39 days and June 25 was arbitrarily decided as the 'muhurat' for 2012.
The VHP leader reiterated the demand that the government extend the duration of the yatra to two months as against 39 days fixed by the SASB.
Jain urged the President to reconstitute SASB and include only those who have "faith in Baba Amarnath".
"The muhurat and duration of the yatra should be determined as per the Hindu faith (aastha) and tradition which speaks of the yatra running from Jyestha Purnima to Shravan Purnima," he added.