Posts Tagged ‘flag-hoisting’

CPI (M) flays BJP for fuelling polarisation in Occupied Jammu Kashmir

January 24, 2011


The CPI(M) on Sunday lashed out at the BJP over its plans to hoist the national flag in Srinagar on the Republic Day, saying the saffron party had a history of fishing in troubled waters to seek political advantage and sharpening communal polarization.

Flaying the BJP for being adamant on hoisting national flag at Lal Chowk in Srinagar on January 26, CPI(M) Secretary M.Y. Tarigami alleged that the saffron party and Sangh fountainhead RSS were whipping up frenzy against minorities.

“BJP’s choice of hoisting the flag in Srinagar alone and not elsewhere in the country is aimed at gaining political mileage by sharpening communal polarisation in the state,” he told reporters here.

“RSS does not use tricolour in its functions. The RSS headquarter at Nagpur does not hoist it nor do the RSS Shakhas display it in daily parades,” he said.

Mr. Tarigami said the saffron party has a history of fishing in troubled waters to seek political advantage and sharpening communal polarization.

The Amarnath Yatra Movement that the BJP spearheaded into 2008 resulted in wide spread dislocation of normal life and strengthened the alienation between the two religious communities along with widening differences between Jammu region and the Valley, the Kulgam MLA alleged.

Mr. Tarigami said the BJP was using the national flag to strengthen vote bank politics.

J&K bars BJP bid to hoist flag in Srinagar

January 21, 2011

The Jammu and Kashmir government will not allow hoisting of the tricolour by the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha activists at the historic Lal Chowk here on Republic Day.

This was decided at a meeting chaired by the Chief Minister, Mr Omar Abdullah, in Jammu on Thursday. A statement said the government had directed the civil and police authorities to ensure that law and order was not disturbed ahead of Republic Day and “it was decided that no programme which had the potential of vitiating the peaceful atmosphere in the state will be allowed.”

The meeting was convened by Mr Abdullah after his brief New Delhi visit recently, where he discussed the matter with the Union home minister, Mr P. Chidambaram, and the Congress president, Mrs Sonia Gandhi.

The government plans to seal Srinagar’s Lal Chowk ahead of January 26, when the pro-independence JKLF has called for a Lal Chowk chalo march. Key separatist leaders are likely to be taken into preventive custody.

Back in Jammu, the state’s winter capital, Mr Abdullah reviewed the situation with senior Cabinet colleagues belonging to both the National Conference and the Congress. “He directed that while the Republic Day should be celebrated with full fervour and enthusiasm, elements bent upon disturbing law and order should be dealt with sternly and directions to this effect should be passed on to district authorities as well,” an official spokesperson said.

Official sources said the Rashtriya Ekta Yatra, which began from Kolkata last week, was expected to reach Srinagar on January 26. Sangh Parivar activists led by the BJYM president, Mr Anurag Thakur, also plan to hoist the tricolour at Lakhanpur on the state’s border with Punjab. In New Delhi, the BJP senior leader, Mr L.K. Advani, said the flag-hoisting was in not to challenge the state government but the separatists.