I am not opposed to flag hoisting: Omar
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah declared on Saturday that he is “not opposed to the hoisting of national tricolor”, as he does it himself every year on Independence Day and disclosed that the state government would work out its response in the next few days.india Updated: Jan 15, 2011 16:09 IST
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah declared on Saturday that he is “not opposed to the hoisting of national tricolor”, as he does it himself every year on Independence Day and disclosed that the state government would work out its response in the next few days.
Amid a huge controversy over BJP's march toward Kashmir from Kolkota on Wednesday to unfurl the tricolor at historic Lal Chowk in Srinagar on the Republic Day, Chief Minister posed a question to BJP: “while it says J&K is an integral part of India, then why BJP’s youth leadership is trying to set it apart by planning to hoist flag at Lal Chowk in Srinagar”.
He was talking to Hindustan Times at his official residence in Jammu on Saturday.
“And, why it is suddenly trying to do it after 19 years,” he asked referring to the BJP’s “Ekta Yatra” or unity march in January 1992. In the backdrop of situation taking a positive turn after the huge trouble in the summer of 2011- a replica of the summer unrest of 2008 and 2009-the BJP’s national unity march having provoked separatists to announce plans to counter the flag hoisting, a repeat of the trouble is feared in the official circles. BJP has taken a strong line that “since J&K is an integral part of India, it can hoist flag anywhere in the country, including Srinagar.”
Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front and Hurriyat Conference (moderate) have already given a call for march to Lal Chowk for the Republic day, daring the BJP activists to come and hoist the flag.
Regarding the state government’s response to the BJP’s march, Omar Abdullah stated : “I will discuss it with my colleagues and decide accordingly but that will be close to the date (R-Day)” In 1992, then administration headed by the then Governor GC Saxena, had airlifted the then BJP president Murli Manohar Joshi and other senior leaders from Udhampur after Jammu- Srinagar national highway was closed because of landslides triggered by torrential rains. Entire Srinagar city was put under strict curfew and army was called out.
First Published: Jan 15, 2011 16:06 IST