Onus on govt for message sent if yatra stopped: BJYM
Chandigarh: Adamant on hoisting the national flag at Srinagar`s Lal Chowk on Republic Day "at any cost" despite the state government`s warning, BJP`s youth wing on Saturday said the administration would be responsible for the message that would be sent if their Ekta Yatra was stopped.
"If the Government decides to stop our Yatra when it enters Jammu, the onus will be on them to see what message will go out. There is no change in our plan and we will go ahead with Rashtriya Ekta Yatra to Kashmir and hoist the national flag at Lal Chowk on Republic Day," Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha President Anurag Thakur told reporters here.
He said if the yatra, which will enter Jammu from Lakhanpur border on January 24, is stopped, "It will be a victory of the separatists and anti-nationalist forces who want to divide this country, and we will to allow that to happen".
Thakur, who is also BJP MP from Hamirpur in Himachal Pradesh, said the yatra will go ahead "at all costs" despite the Jammu and Kashmir government warning that it will not allow any programme that vitiates the atmosphere in the state.
"Our basic purpose is unity and integrity of this country and to end the gap that is there between J and K with other parts of the country...I am hopeful that Chief Minister Omar Abdullah who is a youth leader will allow us to hoist the tricolour, which is the right of every Indian," Thakur said.
The Jammu and Kashmir government has directed the administration and police to ensure that all measures are taken so that law and order in the state is not disturbed in the run up to Republic Day.
"To say that the Yatra will threaten peace in Kashmir is baseless and aimed to appease a handful of elements, including the separatists, who want to divide this nation. We are firm that separatists cannot call shots and dictate terms and it will be the nationalist forces who have to prevail," he said.
The BJYM`s Ekta Yatra, covering a distance of 3300 km through nine states, started from Kolkata on January 12 and aims to conclude at Lal Chowk in Srinagar on January 26.
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