Omar`s NOC not needed to hoist flag at Lal Chowk: BJP

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 18:59

New Delhi: Asserting that it does not
require a no objection certificate from the Jammu and Kashmir
Chief Minister to hoist the national flag at Lal Chowk in
Srinagar, BJP today said it would be better if Omar Abdullah
welcomes the Ekta Yatra when it reaches the state.

"We don`t need a no objection certificate from Chief
Minister Omar Abdullah. Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part
of the country...in fact it would be nice if the CM welcomes
the Ekta Yatra. It is his responsibility (to welcome). He is
an elected representative," BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain
told reporters.

Instead of making statements on BJP youth wing`s plans
to hoist the tri-colour in the Valley, Abdullah should focus
on ensuring that Pakistani flags are not unfurled in the
state, he said.

"The CM should let Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah
Geelani and JKLF chief Yasin Malik make statements on the
issue and focus on ensuring that Pakistani flags are no waived
in Jammu and Kashmir," Hussain said.

He said since Congress is a partner in the Jammu and
Kashmir ruling coalition, Home Minister P Chidambaram should
impress upon Abdullah not to oppose the Ekta Yatra and instead
help the party`s youth wing hoist the national flag at Lal
Chowk.

The BJP spokesperson also rejected contentions that
hoisting the national flag at Lal Chowk would create tension
in the Valley. "We do not agree with the assessment...people
of Jammu and Kashmir love the Indian tricolour and our plan
will not create trouble," Hussain said.

Meanwhile, BJP Yuva Morcha President Anurag Thakur
asked the Prime Minister to explain why government was
planning an allowance for militants who had surrendered but
had no money for the special police officers fighting
terrorists in the state.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 18:59

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