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india Updated: Nov 09, 2008 01:56 IST
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We asked the man on the street for his views on the Amarnath agitation as well as the upcoming elections. This is what they had to say:

Kartar Chand, 48
Auto driver

It was good for the dharmsthan (religious shrine), but we suffered. Even then we are not complaining, we are happy.
(Did not comment on the elections.)

Parmanand Sharma, 38
Tea shop owner at Karan market

It was a matter of honour and one had to support it. But we didn't get anything out of it in the end. We lost out; we gained nothing from the agitation.
(Did not comment on the elections.)

Ajay Kumar, 36
Auto driver

The (Amarnath Sangharsh) Samiti did the right thing. You know what they were saying in the Valley when they beat up truck drivers carrying fruit? We will give the apples to Punjab but never to Jammu.

Preetam Sharma, 46
City president, Kranti Dal Party

Never before in the last 60 years have the Dogras and other communities come together like this. And at least Jammu made headlines. At least now, after the agitation, people will know Jammu as well.

DP Kohli, 41
Social activist

For 12 days I was in Central Jail, Amphala. Hinduparties usually pull each other's legs. But now we are together. Just like the Hurriyat came together.

Vikas Deewan, 40
Transport Sena president

The agitation had to happen, after all it was too much to tolerate. At the end of it the agitation failed. No one benefited from it. There was some talk of compensation but nothing happened.


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