Protesters angry over attack on pilgrim buses
The political parties, having trusted vote banks belonging to two different regions, are also vertically divided over the issue and are busy building their pre-poll campaign. Playing safe, the Congress leadership has been maintaining stoic silence over the entire issue. Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad is mum and other senior leaders are not willing to comment on record. The biggest worry in Congress circles is that if at all a situation arises where the State Government had to withdraw its decision, it would impact its poll prospects in Jammu region, its main constituency. Keeping this in mind, the Congress has entrusted Dogra leader GS Charak to hold fort for the Congress. For record sake, he has been constantly negating statements of PDP Deputy Chief Minister Muzaffar Hussain Beig that the Congress blackmailed PDP before taking the decision to transfer forest land to the shrine board for raising pre-fabricated huts for pilgrims.