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CPI(M) accuses Sangh of whipping up communal passions in J&K

The CPI(M) accuses the Sangh Parivar of whipping up communal passions to reap electoral and political benefits in Jammu and Kashmir.

india Updated: Aug 07, 2008 17:17 IST

Warning that the Amarnath row may create a "fertile ground" for cross-border terrorism to raise its "ugly head", the CPI(M) has accused the Sangh Parivar of whipping up communal passions to reap electoral and political benefits in Jammu and Kashmir.

In an editorial in the forthcoming issue of 'People's Democracy', CPI(M) pointed out that a similar decision in 2005 to rescind the order of transferring forest land to Amarnath Shrine Board did not create any controversy.

"The fact that it (decision to revoke transfer of land to the Board) has led to a raging agitation today clearly points to the fact that this has been mounted keeping in view of the forthcoming elections to the state assembly in October and the general elections in early 2009.

"Communal passions are being sharply aroused with rumours spreading like wildfire about the Hindus not being allowed to undertake the yatra etc. Likewise, extremist elements in the valley are also whipping up passions," the editorial noted.

Noting that such a conflagration is being created in order to "reap electoral and political benefits", it said that it would have serious implications threatening the security of the country in this border state and "creating a fertile ground for cross-border terrorism to raise its ugly head".

Pointing fingers at the RSS and BJP, it said the call for a three-day all-India bandh on the matter is "indicative of its desire to utilise this issue to whip up communal passions further in order to try and consolidate its Hindu vote bank".

The party said, "It is imperative that the incendiary flames of this communally-charged movement must be doused urgently".