Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) on Thursday opposed any move to induct political persons into the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, joining National Conference that has already protested the move.
In a statement issued here, JKPCC’s chief spokesperson described it as an “ill-conceived idea” that could “open a Pandora box in this sensitive state”.
He criticised any move aimed at “satisfying the interest of few ambitious party men by the BJP”.
Since its constitution in 1986, the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board has, he said, done the “most commendable” task under the state’s governor.
“The yatra rose from 14 lakh to over one crore over this period besides establishing other institutions. It has remained free from political interference and involvement all these 30 years,” he said, adding that “the interests of BJP and few other leaders has prevailed upon the party to initiate this ill-advised move, which is totally against the interest of pilgrims and future generations to come.”
The JKPCC asked government to desist from “any such move fraught with serious consequences”.
Earlier, National Conference too had opposed the move.
National Conference Provincial President, Jammu, Devender Singh Rana, had cautioned BJP against taking control of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board.