Cong rallies behind Omar on BJP`s decision to hoist tricolour

With BJP sticking to its decision to hoist the national flag at Lal Chowk in Srinagar, Congress on Saturday rallied behind J&K CM Omar Abdullah, saying the state government is fully empowered to deal with the situation.

Last Updated: Jan 22, 2011, 21:35 PM IST

New Delhi: With BJP sticking to its
decision to hoist the national flag at Lal Chowk in Srinagar,
Congress on Saturday rallied behind Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister
Omar Abdullah, saying the state government is fully empowered
to deal with the situation.
"It is the state government`s duty to take strictest
possible action without any discrimination to maintain law and
order in the state.

"Whosoever from any quarter, irrespective of ideology,
religion, or political affiliation, tries to create any
ambiance of provocation, tension or antagonism in Jammu and
Kashmir is doing a great disservice to the nation and deserves
to be condemned unequivocally," party spokesperson Abhishek
Singhvi told reporters here.

BJP activists are planning to hoist the national
tricolour at the historic Lal Chowk on Wednesday on the
occasion of Republic Day.
He said that the state government of Jammu and Kashmir
was fully empowered to do everything possible to maintain an
even keel of order.

"If the BJP tries to play politics, create a dramatic
or incendiary atmosphere..if any political formation or any
individual, who tries to create any atmosphere of unrest, the
state has a right to deal with all of them firmly and
resolutely. For this basic rule, there is no discrimination,
no selectivity," Singhvi said.

Singhvi also condemned the statement of chairman of
Hurriyat moderate faction Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who had said
the global voices in support of resolution of Kashmir issue
are growing every passing day.

"There is no need to reject this self rejecting
statement. It is absurd to talk of intervention of outsiders,"
he said adding those people saying such things need to learn
about the history of geography of the country.

Mirwaiz had said, "If we talk of sub-continent not
only India and Pakistan but a third country which was silent
for many years has also come into the field. China is
fulfilling its responsibilities in the region and we welcome
that."

The Congress spokesperson also dismissed suggestions
of differences between Sonia Gandhi-led NAC and the central
government on Food Security Bill.

"It is wrong to say that the government rejected NAC`s
proposals. Efforts are going in the direction of achieving two
broad objectives of ensuring most comprehensive coverage of
the bill to the poor while also ensuring that it remained
effective within the limits of the budget and the economy,"
Singhvi said.

PTI