No one can question allotment of land in Amarnath: Advani

via Kaumudi published on August 10, 2008

NEW DELHI: In a veiled attack on some Kashmiri leaders, senior BJP leader L K Advani on Sunday said no one can question allotment of land for Amarnath pilgrims in the valley declaring that “every Indian has the right on every inch of land” in the country and nobody can resist it.

Advani also said those opposing allotment of the land in Kashmir are challenging the constitutional fact that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of the country.

Criticising the forces opposed to the allotment of land Advani said, “They say how can you give land to outsiders in Kashmir… Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and whoever raises questions about this issue will have to pay for it.”

He was speaking at a function to release the special issue of a children’s magazine dedicated to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

“This is not a question of Amarnath only or of a Shrine. They are saying it is okay that you have alloted land for Vaishno Devi in Jammu but how can you allot land in Kashmir,” said BJP’s prime ministerial candidate.

“And if somebody tries to resist that means he or she is challenging the constitutional fact that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India. Therefore, we will oppose their move with all our might and we will win,” said Advani in an apparent reference to the campaign by opponents of land transfer.

Comparing the present agitation in Jammu over the Amarnath issue to the protest launched by Jana Sangh ideologue Shyama Prasad Mukherjee 55 years ago for cancelling the “visa” system for those visiting Jammu and Kashmir, BJP leader L K Advani yesterday said “we have turned a full circle”.

“Shyama Prasad Mukherjee had promised the people during that agitation that he would either get the permit system abolished or sacrifice his life … Today (after the Amarnath agitation) we seem to have turned a full circle,” Advani said.

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