Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik on Thursday said the BJP's plan of hoisting the tricolour at Lal Chowk here on Republic Day will set the entire subcontinent in flames.
"When BJP was in power, it started peace initiative not only with Pakistan but the Kashmiri leadership as well at their door steps. Now they are bent upon hoisting a flag in Lal Chowk to set the entire subcontinent on fire," he said. "BJP should restrict its negative politics within India otherwise the entire sub-continent will be in flames," Malik said, adding that the party should understand that it cannot force Kashmiris into submission.
Asking people of the state to assemble at the city centre of Lal Chowk on January 26, Malik said, "Jammu and Kashmir is a disputed land and not anybody's personal property.
The people of the state are the real masters of the land and will march to Lal Chowk on January 26 to show the world whose flag is going to be hoisted at the city centre". Reacting to the statement of BJP president Nitin Gadkari while flagging off the Rashtriya Ekta Yatra (national unity march) in Kolkata yesterday, Malik accused BJP leaders of playing vote bank politics.
The JKLF leader said Gadkari's remarks show his "political dishonesty" and were indicative of the double standards of the party. "This is very unfortunate that after 63 years of independence we need to go to Kashmir for hoisting a flag. Lakhs of Kashmiri pandits have been evicted from Kashmir. Congress is only interested in vote bank politics," the BJP president had said.
Malik said, "Whatever Gadkari said in Kolkata is nothing but an open war against the Kashmiris. The unyielding Kashmiris who have rendered supreme sacrifices cannot be cowed down by threats of Gadkari and other BJP leaders."