Apolitical samiti snubs BJP
A day after the BJP said it had accepted an “invite” from the Amarnath Sangharsh Samiti for its leaders LK Advani and Rajnath Singh to address a rally on August 25, its convenor denied any such plan, reports Shekhar Iyer.india Updated: Aug 20, 2008 01:17 IST
A day after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said it had accepted an “invite” from the Shri Amarnath Sangharsh Samiti for its leaders L.K. Advani and Rajnath Singh to address a rally on August 25, its convenor denied any such plan.
Leela Karan Sharma made it clear that the front would keep party politics out of its ongoing agitation. Subsequently, the BJP dropped its plan, calling it a "communication gap".
The rally had been announced in Delhi after central BJP leaders met to discuss ways to intensify the agitation.
The Samiti will meet on Thursday to take a call on its next course of action.
In damage control mode, J&K BJP member Ashok Khajuria said, "There is a misunderstanding. No rally was planned. The Samiti is in the forefront of 40 groups, of which the local BJP is a constituent. So, the Samiti is now focused on return of land and not anything else."
The Samiti also seemed ready not to press for the ouster of Governor N.N. Vohra, saying the issue was restoration of the land.
Meanwhile Jitender Kumar, 19, from Langralee-Basbigla village consumed poison at his home before joining the rally in RS Pura town. He was taken to hospital after where he collapsed. So far, three people have committed suicide and four have attempted to end their life.
Protesters continued to voluntarily enter makeshift jails across Jammu.
Inter-faith team to visit Jammu
A 12-member all-religion peace team from Delhi will visit Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday to meet Samiti leaders in Jammu and Hurriyat leaders in Srinagar. They will request the leaders to make efforts to pacify protesters.
The team members include Jamiat Ulama-i- Hind leader and MP Mahmud Madani, Jamaat-e-Islami secretary Mujtaba Farooq, Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management committee chief Paramjit Singh Sarna and Dr J.K. Jain.
"The country needs the intervention of all religions at the moment," said Madani.