SRINAGAR: National Conference Provincial President, Jammu, Devender Singh Rana, on Sunday cautioned BJP against taking control of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board.
In a statement issued here, he said that any “misadventure” to trample the sanctity of this institution would be resisted tooth and nail by the people of Jammu.
“We won’t allow the Board to be converted into a political Akhara,” Rana said, referring to “hidden agenda being implemented overtly and covertly at the behest of Nagpur”.
He said the recent statements by senior BJP functionaries only vindicate the apprehensions expressed by National Conference on 9 September 2015 soon after the BJP partnered the government with PDP in Jammu and Kashmir.
“The Board has grown into an enviable institution, which is not only carrying out and regulating successfully one of the huge pilgrimages in the country but also making a significant contribution in health and educational sectors,” he said.
Rana question as to how the political control of the Board by a particular outfit will empower Jammu psychologically.
“On the contrary, the hidden BJP move will render this institution as fiefdom of Pracharaks from Nagpur and discredited BJP politicians of Jammu and negate the gains achieved since the inception of the Board,” he said.
He said the proposed move would also crush the economic interests of Jammu.