Omar meets PC; BJP unmoved
The BJP on Wednesday dug in heels over its youth activists' plan to take their Rashtriya Ekta Yatra to Srinagar and hoist the national flag at Lal Chowk in downtown Srinagar on Republic Day.india Updated: Jan 20, 2011 17:06 IST
The BJP on Wednesday dug in heels over its youth activists' plan to take their Rashtriya Ekta Yatra to Srinagar and hoist the national flag at Lal Chowk in downtown Srinagar on Republic Day.
Sources said the Bharatiya Janata Party's unrelenting stand could see the Jammu and Kashmir government stop the yatra at Lakhinpur in Kathua district of Jammu.
Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah said he would take appropriate action to deal with the situation, but did not elaborate.
He said, "I am not going to get into any specifics as to what we are going to do. As I said time and again, we are hoping that nothing will be done to precipitate the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. As we come close to January 26, we will decide what to do."
Abdullah met Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Union Home minister P Chidambaram in New Delhi to discuss the BJP's flag-hoisting stand and other issues, including modernisation plans for the state police and amendments or part removal of the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).
After meeting Chidambaram, Abdullah urged the BJP to reconsider its decision. However, the party's spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said the plans were unchanged. "In fact, it would be nice if the CM welcomes the Ekta Yatra as it is a part of his responsibility as an elected representative," said Hussain.
The BJP's stand also negated the pitch of the Centre-appointed interlocutors on J&K. Wrapping up its third visit to Jammu, the three-member panel urged the BJP should "seriously reconsider" its flag-hoisting decision.
Chief interlocutor Dileep Padgaonkar, flanked by the other interlocutors, Radha Kumar and MM Ansari, said: "We truly and genuinely hope that no one does anything in order to disturb the peace and thwart the dialogue process which is now underway."