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BJP rejects state flag

india Updated: Jan 23, 2007 16:18 IST
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Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) in Jammu and Kashmir has rejected the state flag saying that they stand for one flag, one Constitution and one president and have challenged the coalition government to be ready to face serious consequences if BJP state president Ashok Khajuria is arrested.

Addressing a joint press conference BJP's state spokesperson, Hari Om in Jammu on Tuesday criticised the demand of National Conference and Congress legislatures in the state assembly on Monday when they called for the arrest of Khajuria for dishonouring the state flag and challenging the state government.

Hari Om said, "The state unit of BJP would cheerfully accept the highest penalty for what, according to the Congress and the NC, is a crime."

Earlier, Ashok Khajuria in a programme rejecting the state flag said BJP only believes in "Ek Nishan, Ek Vidhan, EK Pradhan" as India is one nation.

Hari Om accompanied by former BJP state president, DK Kotwal and state general secretary Shamsher Singh Manhas said that the NC, which demands semi-independence for the state and the ruling Congress, which seeks to empower Pakistan to share sovereignty with India in the state, have no right to question the credentials of the BJP and its state president, who are discharging duties towards the nation.

The BJP leaders questioned, "Had Congress or NC demanded legal proceedings against the hardline Hurriyat chairman, Syed Ali Shah Geelani and others who are in a programme, in which BJP state president also participated, condemned India and the Indian Army and termed India as an oppressive state."

Reiterating their demand BJP leaders said that abolition of Article 370 is the only solution to the problems of Jammu and Kashmir.

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