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PM's meet: BJP firm on rollback, PDP & NC oppose

PM's meet: BJP firm on rollback, PDP & NC oppose

Author: Reuters
Publication: The Times of India
Date: August 7, 2008

The government on Wednesday managed a frail consensus on an all-party delegation visiting the troubletorn J&K but could not mask sharp differences over the Amarnath land-for-pilgrims issue with the PDP and the National Conference opposing the BJP's demand for restoration of the land and recall of governor N N Vohra.

A fuel station in Srinagar left high and dry on Wednesday after a BJP-backed economic blockade triggered a shortage of essential supplies, including medicines, in the Kashmir Valley. Amarnath protesters had blocked the Srinagar-Jammu national highway, the region's link to the rest of the country, about a fortnight ago. Vegetable prices, too, have shot up with Kashmir's apple-growers being the worst sufferers as the crisis has coincided with the peak import season.

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