Srinagar, July 19: Awami Ittihaad Party (AIP) President and MLA Langate Engineer Rashid has stated that the unfortunate incident at Base Camp of Amarnath Yatra and shutdown call given by Jammu based outfits in reaction can have disastrous consequences.
Rashid while addressing the workers made it clear that Amarnath Yatra is a religious affair and using it as a point of prestige and playing exploitative politics over this is a bad omen. He added that Kashmiri people are not against Amarnath Yatra and the majority of realms of Yatra were undertaken by local Kashmiris but from several years the non-local elements have started to meddle in it, although still the local populace is impressively engaged in serving Yatris.
He further said that since some years vested powers are trying to harm the spirit of Yatra for their petty interests otherwise Amarnath Yatra used to be a beautiful journey in which limited number of Priests and common Hindus used to participate and now some selfish interests are trying to play ugly politics over it.
“It is a matter of great misfortune that BJP and its likeminded parties have given a shutdown call in Jammu over this normal issue in order to give communal color to issue, he maintained.
He also observed that recent events at samba and Baltal cannot be delinked from the upcoming assembly elections but communal minded politicians and parties should bear in mind that polity of communalism can have catastrophic consequences on Jammu &Kashmir.