Jammu: The tussle between the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and the state government over the Amarnath Yatra has now reached a crescendo.

Even without getting the state government nod, VHP is adamant to set the first group of pilgrims on Tuesday. Whereas, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has clearly stated that no permission would be granted for the religious trip before the scheduled time.

While talking to the media on Saturday Union Minister and National spokesman of VHP Dr Surendra Jain said, “The yatra will begin on the slated time. On June 14, the first group will be sent from the Parade Ground. Ten Akhade with their saints would reach here on June 13 along with several other renowned saints.”

Jain said, “There cannot be any alterations in the plan as people from various part of the country are coming. It is the duty of the government and the administration to manage it. The accumulation of ice from the travel routes should be cleared as soon as possible.”

VHP also criticized the governor’s attitude on the issue. The VHP leaders alleged the state Governor of making efforts to create differences in the Hindu based outfits, and claimed that it will not be tolerated. 

The Baba Amarnath Shrine Board has announced to start the religious trip from June 29. The CM also claimed that the permission to start the yatra before June 29 cannot be granted.

(JPN/ Bureau)