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Omar Abdullah meets Vohra on land transfer issue

india Updated: Jun 26, 2008 17:00 IST
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National Conference chief Omar Abdullah on Thursday met Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra and sought surrender of the forest land allotted to the Amarnath shrine board in a bid to defuse tension in the state.

Abdullah, who led an NC delegation, said Vohra, who is also the shrine board Chairman, had agreed to consider their demand.

"The governor has agreed to consider our demand. He has started consultations and will meet Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad when he returns to Srinagar," Abdullah told reporters in Srinagar.

The chief minister has gone to Ramsu in Jammu region.

The NC president said his party will not participate in the proposed all-party meeting convened by Azad on the issue yesterday.

"Had the chief minister called us before the decision was taken (on diversion of the land to sasb)? Why did he not convene the all-party meeting before and seek our views on the issue?" Abdullah asked.

He said that surrender of the land by the board is "the only solution which can cool down passions in the state."

Describing the scenario as "critical", he said "It is not out of place to mention that the situation is worst in the last fifteen years."

He said the matter has surcharged the atmosphere and claimed it had become a "Hindu-Muslim" issue between the two regions (Kashmir and Jammu).

He said if the NC is voted into power, it will "change the law under which the formation of the shrine board took place in 2000."

"We will take a relook at the legislation and curtail its activities."