Jammu: The ruling National Conference in
Jammu and Kashmir on Friday attacked the BJP for its proposed flag
hoisting at Lal Chowk in Srinagar on the Republic Day, and
said the state government will not allow the saffron party to
go ahead with its plan.
"BJP is trying to spoil peace and normalcy in Kashmir.
We will not allow the BJP to hoist the national flag in
Srinagar, as that is not in the interest of Jammu and
Kashmir," Senior NC leader and state Law Minister Ali Mohammad
Sagar told reporters here.
Accusing the BJP of politicising the flag-hoisting issue
he said, "It is an attempt to derail the peace process in the
Reacting to the statement of the NC leader, BJP
questioned the integrity of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and
his party leaders.
"Why cannot one, now, the bonafides of Omar Abdullah and
his ministers in NC be questioned so far their patriotism and
nationalism is concerned. Are they real Indians?" BJP state
spokesperson Nirmal Kamal told reporters here.
"BJP puts this broader issue before the people of the
state and the country that NC and Omar Government stopping
hoisting of tri-colour on National Territory of India in
Srinagar are supporters of separatists and threat to unity and
integrity of the country," she said.
She further asked all nationalist forces to ponder over,
"are they (the state government) serving the enemies of the
nation or hurting the pride of the nation by the decision of
not allowing `Rashtriya Ekta Yatra` in the state".
The Yatra in no way carries the ill motive of communal
division as being propagated by the ruling government in the
state, Kamal said.