BJYM Yatra Draws Huge Response16 January 2011
The Daily Excelsior
Lucknow: Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) sponsored Ekta Yatra to unfurl national tri-colour at Lal Chowk in Srinagar on Republic Day, has evoked good response among the youths in Uttar Pradesh today when it crossed Jaunpur and Sultanpur to reach the State capital from Varanasi. The Ekta Yatra, from Kolkata to Srinagar, will end on January 26 at Lal Chowk in Srinagar when the BJYM will hoist the national flag there to give a message that India is one and Kashmir is an intergal part of the country. The yatra witnessed youths showing their keen interest in the issue with several of them raising slogans in favour of the united India in Jaunpur, Sultanpur and other places from where it passed. Welcoming the yatra at Varanasi,BJP national secretary and MP Navjot Singh Siddhu said Kashmir is not a private property of any person and no one can obstruct us to hoist the national tri-colour on Republic Day. Talking to mediapersons the cricketer turned politician Mr Siddhu also criticised the statement of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah claiming that there would be law and order problem if BJYM hoists national flag at Lal Chowk. ' In a democratic country like India how can anyone stop us to unfurl the national flag,' he questioned. He also condemned the Centre for failing to solve the Kashmir issue and to stop infiltration of terrorists from across the border. The Yatra will be given a grand reception in the State capital this evening when BJP general secretary Arun Jaitley would be present at a function near Charbagh Railway station. Meanwhile, BJYM president Anurag Thakur, who is accompanying the Yatra, today said in Jaunpur that stopping hoisting of the national tri-colour in Kashmir was an anti-national step. ' Case of sedation should be lodged against the person who is trying to obstruct us from hoisting the national flag in Srinagar,' he demanded. Calling upon the youth to join the ‘Ekta Yatra’ to spread the message that the nation was bound by a single chord when it came to ‘nationalistic cause’, Mr Thakur also blamed former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru for the Kashmir issue and said his short-sightedness had left the nation suffering for the last more than six decades. 'Pt Nehru’s shortsightedness in the post-Independence era led to the Kashmir issue turning into a monster, bleeding generations and weakening national integrity,' he added. He said, 'But for Pt Nehru’s fault I wouldn’t have undertaken this ‘Rashtriya Ekta Yatra’ (National Integration Journey) to Kashmir. I am going to correct Pt Nehru’s mistake which has made the nation suffer for the last several decades.' He said the parochial politics of the Congress, which had its roots on dividing people on the basis of caste and religion, had kept the Muslims marginalised and their growth constricted.' The BJP does not differentiate between communities and religion,' he said. The BJYM president said,'Except for one per cent of Muslims and their leaders who favoured Pakistan, the entire Muslim community of the country was nationalistic and loved their motherland like anyone else. The kind of support I have found in you here I am confident that we will successfully hoist the national tricolour at the historic Lal Chowk in Kashmir’s capital Srinagar on Republic Day.' Stressing that Jammu and Kashmir was an intergral part of India, and 'will remain forever', the young BJP Lok Sabha member from Dharamshala said the 3,037-km ‘yatra’ criss-crossing 12 States was being undertaken to spread awareness among the youth about the festering Kashmir issue questioning the nation’s unity because of the suicidal policies of the Congress. Mr Thakur said with more and more youth joining the caravan to Kashmir the entire nation would know that India was one whenever it came to matters of national importance and concern.