'Communal Politics Behind Yatra Row'

4 August 2014
The Hindu
Ahmed Ali Fayyaz

Srinagar: The All Parties Migrants Coordination Committee (APMCC), organisers of the controversial Kousar Nag yatra, alleged on Monday that a diverse group of Kashmiri politicians, in tandem with a section of the intelligentsia, had joined hands to sabotage the pilgrimage to drive a wedge between communities and pursue vested interests in the coming Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir. APMCC chairman Vinod Pandit said at a press conference in Jammu that Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, his National Conference (NC) 'besides some mischief-mongers among separatists, mainstream political parties, media and intelligentsia' were attempting to satisfy their vested interests in opposing the pilgrimage of a small group of 40 Pandits from the Kulgam side of the Valley. 'It is the Kashmiri Pandits, not the pollution or so-called ecological balance or water resources, which is the real problem for these unscrupulous politicians,' Mr. Pandit said.