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