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Advani satisfied with agreement over Amarnath row

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Last Updated: August 31, 2008, 23:37 IST

Advani satisfied with agreement over Amarnath row

J&K crisis is not a commnal issue, Advani had told the PM.

New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L K Advani Sunday said he was satisfied over the agreement reached between Hindu agitators and the Jammu and Kashmir government over the bitter Amarnath land row.

Advani said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had told him that government would not succumb to pressure from Kashmiri separatists.

“I feel satisfied (over the agreement),” he said on the sidelines of a BJP rally organised at the Ramlila Maidan here Sunday.

The BJP leader said he had written a letter to the Prime Minister that it was not a Hindu versus Muslim issue and that it was not a Jammu versus the Kashmir Valley issue.

“This was a surrender to the pressure from separatists and therefore the problem had arisen,” he said.

“He (the PM) stated firmly that under no circumstances will the government take the decision under pressure from separatists,” Advani said.

The agitation over the Amarnath land row in Jammu region ended early on Sunday after an agreement was reached between a government panel and a conglomerate of Hindu groups, giving exclusive rights to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) to use the 40 hectares of land at Baltal during the pilgrimage period.

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first published:August 31, 2008, 23:37 IST
last updated:August 31, 2008, 23:37 IST