Srinagar: As BJP and Jammu and Kashmir
government prepare for a showdown over hoisting of national
flag at Lal Chowk on Republic Day, party leaders from the
state unit today met a senior police officer to "inform" him
about their plans.
"We informed the police about our plans to hoist the
national flag at Lal Chowk on January 26 so that they can make
necessary arrangements in this regard," BJP state vice-
president Chandra Prakash Ganga said after meeting IGP Kashmir
S M Sahai.
BJP national president Nitin Gadkari had flagged off from
Kolkata on January 12 the `Rashtriya Ekta Yatra` which is
scheduled to culminate with hoisting of the tricolour at Lal
The flag hoisting plans of BJP has led to a debate in the
Valley with Chief Minister Omar Abdullah saying BJP was trying
to foment trouble in Kashmir, which has returned to normalcy
after a lot of hard work.
Omar today met Union Home Minister P Chidambaram to
discuss the situation in the state.
The BJP`s plans have also been opposed by separatist
outfits, including JKLF and moderate faction of Hurriyat
Conference, that have described the move as "war mongering"
Ganga said BJP will not seek permission from the district
administration or police authorities for hoisting the flag.
Meanwhile, District Magistrate, Srinagar, Mehraj Ahmad
Kakroo said he has not received any application for grant of
permission to hoist the national flag at Lal Chowk.