Govt trying to divert attention from corruption issue: BJP

BJP Tuesday charged the government with trying to divert the attention of the people from the issue of corruption by not allowing party leaders to hoist the national flag in Srinagar.

Last Updated: Jan 25, 2011, 11:59 AM IST

New Delhi: BJP Tuesday charged the
government with trying to divert the attention of the people
from the issue of corruption by not allowing party leaders to
hoist the national flag in Srinagar.

"I believe the UPA government and the Jammu and
Kashmir government are not giving the approval to hoist flag
(at Lal Chowk in Srinagar) to create a situation which diverts
the attention of the people from the issue of corruption,"
former BJP president Rajnath Singh, who is sitting on a hunger
strike at Rajghat over the issue, said here.

He claimed that despite restrictions, the BJP youth
wing activists will abide by democratic norms to oppose the
ban imposed.

He said hoisting of the national flag in Srinagar
becomes all the more important against the backdrop of the
statement of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah
that the state had only acceded to India through a treaty and
not merged with it.

"Will any Indian accept this? After such a statement,
shouldn`t we say that Jammu and Kashmir is and will be an
inseparable part of India...wherever we feel, be it Jammu or
Srinagar, we can hoist the national flag," he said.

Accusing the state government of succumbing to the
pressure of separatists, he said the decision to ban the entry
of BJP leaders in the state will send a wrong message to the
countrymen and the international community.

"This will indicate that separatists have won against
nationalist forces in their own country," he said.

PTI