Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Friday said he was looking forward to work with the new government at the Centre on return of displaced Kashmiri Pandit community to the Valley.
“I look forward to working with the new government as they unveil their plans for the honourable return of the displaced Pandit community,” Mr. Omar wrote on his Twitter account.
Mr. Omar, who could not visit the Kheer Bhawani Temple due to official engagements, extended greetings to the Kashmiri Pandit community on the Kheer Bhawani Festival being celebrated on Friday.
“Warm greetings to the members of the Kashmiri Pandit community on the occasion of the Kheer Bhawani Mela.
“I regret that the presence of and meetings with the 14th Finance Commission has meant, I haven’t been able to visit Tulmullah (Kheer Bhawani temple) today,” he said on the micro-blogging site.
Thousands of Kashmiri Pandits from within the state and elsewhere in the country throng the Kheer Bhawani temple on this day every year.
Jammu and Kashmir governor N.N. Vohra on Friday meanwhile, visited Mata Kheer Bhawani Shrine in Ganderbal district and prayed for peace and well-being of the people of the State and the country.
The governor extended his greetings to the people, particularly Kashmiri Pandits, on the occasion of ‘Jyestha Ashtami’.
Accompanied by Deputy Commissioner, Ganderbal, Sarmad Hafeez, SSP, Ganderbal, Shahid Mehraj, President Dharamarth Trust Maj Gen. (Retd.) R.S. Jamwal and several important members of the community, the governor went around the shrine and interacted with the pilgrims who had thronged the shrine in connection with the annual mela, an official spokesman said.
Thousands of Kashmiri Pandits on Friday thronged the revered temple of Ragnya Devi on the occasion of Kheer Bhawani festival, with some pinning hopes on the Narendra Modi-led government in seeking the community’s dignified return to the Valley.
Amid Vedic chants and ringing of bells, pandits prayed for peace in Jammu and Kashmir at the temple, popularly known as Mata Kheer Bhawani temple here.