Malik To BJP: Will See Who Hoists Lal Chowk Flag

Malik To BJP: Will See Who Hoists Lal Chowk Flag

4 January 2011
The Indian Express
Bashaarat Masood

Srinagar: With the BJP’s youth wing planning to hoist the Tricolour at Srinagar’s historic Lal Chowk, the chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Yasin Malik, has a sent a word of caution. Malik said that if the BJP tried to hoist the flag, “We will see who will hoist the flag and whose flag it would be.” Saying that the BJP’s move to unfurl the Tricolour at Lal Chowk is a “grave provocation”, Malik said, “It would not be their flag that will be hoisted in Lal Chowk.” He made the remarks at a seminar - ‘UN resolution: legal base of Kashmir dispute’ - organised by Hurriyat doves here on Tuesday. Malik’s threat came after the BJP’s youth wing Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha announced to start a ‘Rashtriya Ekta Yatra’ from West Bengal to Jammu and Kashmir. The Morcha has said that it would start the yatra from Kolkata on January 12 and end it with hoisting the Tricolour at Lal Chowk in Srinagar on January 26. Making a reference to the former PM and BJP leader A B Vajpayee, Malik accused the party of again following the beaten track. “Vajpayee declared that his government will not follow the beaten track but will turn into innovative designers of a future architecture of peace and prosperity,” Malik said. “We hoped that BJP remembered promises of Vajpayee. But they are following the beaten track again.”


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