Omar asks BJP not to hoist flag in Srinagar

BJP`s youth wing has called for a `Kashmir Chalo` rally and is planning to hoist the tricolour at Lal Chowk in Srinagar on January 26.

Last Updated: Jan 05, 2011, 13:57 PM IST

Jammu: Asking BJP not to go ahead with its plan to hoist the tricolour in Srinagar on Republic Day, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday said that party would be responsible for "any repercussions" in the Valley.

"When Kashmir is now quite they (BJP) want to set it on fire again", Omar told reporters here.

He was replying to a question on the `Kashmir Chalo` rally of the youth wing of the BJP and its plan to hoist the tricolour at Lal Chowk in Srinagar on January 26.

"If their aim is to set Kashmir afire, please tell
them to stop. If there are repercussions, I will hold them
personally responsible", Omar said.

"They should not hold me responsible if there is a
fallout of that in Kashmir. They will have to come and sort it
out. They shall not hold me responsible", Omar who was flanked
by his father and Union Minister Farooq Abdullah, said.

The flag will be hoisted at an official function in
Srinagar on January 26, he said, adding, "What is the need for
an individual to hoist the flag.

"The flag shall be hoisted at numerous places. Every
district headquarter will have a flag hoisting ceremony. Every
security camp, Army establishment and police structure will
have flag hoisting", he said.

"What is the need for the BJP to hoist a flag at Lal
Chowk. Are they more nationalistic than the rest of us. If a
minister hoists a flag in Srinagar is that somewhat not
relevant. Will their flag hoisting be more relevant", the
Chief Minister asked.

PTI