Pandits have to return to Kashmir, government to take a call on it very soon: BJP leader

Kashmiri Pandits pay obeisance at the Kheer Bhawani temple in Ganderbal. Photograph by Vikar Syed for The Kashmir Walla

A BJP leader has said that the government is working on the return of migrant Kashmiri pandits to the Valley soon with honour and dignity in a secured environment.

BJP general secretary (Organisation) Ashok Koul also asked the displaced community to get ready for the return for which they have been waiting for the last three decades.

“It should be clear to all that the migrant Pandits have to return to the Valley. The government is going to take a call on it very soon,” Koul was quoted as saying by PTI.

He was speaking at an annual award distribution function organized by Harmukh Ganga (Gangbal) Trust (HGGT) in association with All Parties Migrants Co-ordination Committee (APMCC) here on Sunday evening.

The HGGT annually honours prominent personalities among Kashmiri pandits and their organizations in recognition of their contribution to the community.

“The situation in the Valley has improved, especially after the abrogation of Article 370 last year. The Kashmiri pandits have to go back with honour and dignity,” said Koul, himself a Kashmiri pandit.

Lauding the efforts of APMCC for the reopening and upkeep of temples in the Valley, the BJP leader told the audience that the government would support reconstruction and renovation of important temples and shrines in the Valley.

APMCC also launched a campaign for the reconstruction of ancient Sun temple Martand in South Kashmir, said APMCC spokesperson King C Bharati, adding that the organisation will conduct ”Maha Yagya” and exhibitions in Kashmir at the ”Martand” Temple and will organise conferences across the country to fulfil this mission.

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