R-Day: BJP rejects Omar`s invitation
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Last Updated: Wednesday, January 26, 2011, 12:14
  
Jammu: A day after the arrest of BJP's senior leaders and thwarting of their plan to hoist the tricolour in Lal Chowk, the party Wednesday rejected Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah's offer to attend Republic Day function either in Jammu or in Srinagar, terming it as a mere lip service.

"It is a lip service by him (Omar). We do not give credence to it and turn it down," BJYM national president Anurag Thakur told reporters in Kathua district, around 70 kms from here.

"Omar first arrested leaders of the nationalist party and then did not allow the hoisting of national flag at Lal Chowk in Srinagar as if it is not a part of the country. Then he invites us as a state guest for the tricolour hoisting on the Republic Day in the state," Thakur said.

The Chief Minister had invited BJP leaders to be a state guest at the R-Day functions either in Jammu or Srinagar.

Terming it as "unacceptable", Thakur alleged that Omar was muzzling the voice of nationalistic forces and giving moral boost to separatist forces in the Kashmir Valley.

Thakur, along with senior BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, Ananth Kumar and Shanta Kumar, were arrested yesterday on charges of violating prohibitory orders in Lakhanpur border during the Ekta Yatra and were lodged in a hotel after being booked.

No politics in hoisting flag

BJP president Nitin Gadkari meanwhile described as "unfortunate" the detention of party’s senior leaders in Jammu, and rubbished charges that the party was playing politics over hoisting the national flag at Lal Chowk in Srinagar.

"Some people say there is politics in hoisting the national flag at Lal Chowk. I don't understand what politics can there be in hoisting the flag... This is not politics but our duty," Gadkari said.

Gadkari alleged that the Centre and Omar Abdullah government were bowing to pressure from the separatists.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, January 26, 2011, 12:14


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