BJP on Friday accused Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abduallah of "encouraging" the separatists by opposing the party's plan to hoist the tricolour at Lal Chowk in Srinagar.
"Omar is indirectly supporting the statements of Hurriyat and JKLF over the flag hoisting issue. The CM is trying to prevent the nationalist party of the country to hoist the Indian flag in Kashmir and thus encouraging the separatist to maintain their anti-Indian mission," state BJP Chief Shamsher Singh Manhas told reporters here.
"He is whipping up anti-BJP sentiment in Kashmir by deliberately triggering a campaign. If Omar, his ministers or senior functionaries of administration and party leaders can hoist the tricolour in Jammu and other district headquarters then why BJYM activists cannot hoist flag in Kashmir?" he asked.
The BJP leader said the party's youth wing Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha is firm to hoist the national flag at Lal Chowk on Republic Day. Yesterday, Chief Minister Abdullah had appealed to the BJP to shun its plan to hoist flag, saying "disturbing the peaceful atmosphere in the state will not be in the interests of the people of the country... (and he hopes that) good sense will prevail on the BJP."
The BJP leader said "need of the hour is to hoist Indian flag at Lal Chowk and to discourage, and demoralise the anti-India forces, so they acknowledge fully that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India." For peaceful hoisting of flag, "the state government must support the BJYM move," he appealed.