Omar invites Jaitely to attend R-Day function

The CM also ordered the release of all arrested and detained BJP leaders and workers.

Jammu: In a goodwill gesture, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday night spoke to BJP leader Arun Jaitely and invited party members, who were arrested for trying to enter the state, to attend the Republic Day function either in Jammu or in Srinagar on Wednesday.

The Chief Minister also ordered the release of all BJP workers who had courted arrest as well as the BJP MLAs detained during the day.

Omar`s move comes hours after the BJP delegation led by Jaitely and Sushma Swaraj was stopped at Lakhanpur in J&K. They were proceeding towards Srinagar to hoist the tricolour at the historic Lal Chowk.

Omar said he had extended an invitation to the BJP delegation for being the guest at the Republic Day function at any of the two cities.

"The state government will facilitate their participation at either of the venues," he said.

Earlier this evening, Omar chaired a high-level meeting during which preparations for Wednesday`s celebrations were reviewed.

Omar appealed to the people to defeat the separatists` plan to disrupt the Republic Day celebrations.