Centre rallies behind J&K govt; to stop BJP`s `Ekta Yatra`

The Centre on Friday rallied behind the Jammu and Kashmir government in its decision to stop BJP`s `Ekta Yatra` to Srinagar as it apprehends that the march may disturb the situation in the militancy-hit state.

Last Updated: Jan 22, 2011, 00:06 AM IST

New Delhi: The Centre on Friday rallied behind
the Jammu and Kashmir government in its decision to stop BJP`s
`Ekta Yatra` to Srinagar as it apprehends that the march may
disturb the situation in the militancy-hit state.

A highly placed government source said the Centre was
fully behind the state government`s decision not to allow the
BJP to hoist the tricolour in Srinagar`s Lal Chowk area on
Republic Day as it may lead to sudden law and order situation
in the Kashmir valley, which is currently witnessing relative
peace.

"We will stop the BJP`s yatra," the source said without
elaborating.

However, it was not clear whether the `Ekta Yatra` will
be stopped at Lakhanpur, the major entry point to Jammu and
Kashmir, or Jawahar tunnel, the entry point to Kashmir valley.

A high-level meeting, chaired by Jammu and Kashmir chief
minister Omar Abdullah last evening, decided not to allow any
march towards Lal Chowk on January 26.

The BJP`s `Rashtriya Ekta Yatra` from Kolkata will
culminate in Srinagar on January 26 with hoisting of the
tricolour in Lal Chowk.

Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Yasin
Malik too had called a `Lal Chowk march` on January 26 in a
bid to foil the BJP `Yatra`.

Omar had already asked the BJP not to do anything to
precipitate the situation in the state through its proposed
`Ekta Yatra` and made it clear that an appropriate decision
would be taken on how to deal with it.

PTI