Govt Likely To Foil BJP, JKLF Plans20 January 2011
Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Government Thursday hinted that it will now allow the Bhartiya Janata Party to hoist tri-colour in Lal Chowk here on January 26 and also thwart the programme by Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front. “We won’t allow any crisis to happen in Srinagar on January 26,” said the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Asghar Samoon. “We will not allow anybody to disturb law and order and deal sternly with such people.” He said the authorities were fully prepared to deal with any situation. “The government will not allow that people are instigated to take a violent course, due to which life and property of residents is imperiled,” Samoon said. “The respective district commissioners and police officers are fully ready to deal with miscreants.” The decision to thwart the plans, according to sources, comes in the backdrop of the recent visit of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to New Delhi where he met the Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and Home Minister P Chidambaram. Sources disclosed that the state government had sough Center’s intervention to ensure that BJP’s attempt to hoist tri-colour at Srinagar is thwarted. “The state government wanted the Center to stop the rally in New Delhi or at least in Punjab as any attempt to proceed towards Srinagar will create law and order situation,” they said. They, however, said that the Center asked the government to handle the situation in the state itself. “However, they have been assured full cooperation and all the security agencies have been asked to work in close coordination with the state police in maintenance of law and order,” the sources said. Sources said various intelligence agencies have tipped the government that some BJP and RSS activists may leave for Srinagar in advance. “There were reports that some party activists were preparing to reach Srinagar in advance so that they may show their presence in the Valley in case the Yatra is stopped at Lakhanpur,” sources said. The intelligence agencies have also been asked to keep a check on the separatists in Valley to ensure that they don’t succeed in arranging any procession for January 26, sources added. Meanwhile the BJP has moved an application in Deputy Commissioner’s office in Srinagar to get a formal approval to go ahead with their flag hoisting programme. The Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Mehraj Kakroo confirmed that his office has received the formal application. “The application is going to be examined on its merits. Only after taking cognizance of security inputs and law and order implications, appropriate decision will be taken,” Kakroo said. The government Thursday also convened a high level meeting in Jammu to take stock of the situation. The meeting was chaired by the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. During the meeting it was decided that “no programme which has the potential of vitiating the peaceful atmosphere in the state will be allowed.” It was also decided that the “elements who are bent upon disturbing the law and order should be dealt with sternly and the directions to this effect should be passed on to the district authorities as well.” During the meeting Omar with other ministers and high officials reviewed the arrangements for the Jan 26 celebrations. Meanwhile the BJP maintained that they would unfurl tricolor at Lal Chowk on January 26 at any cost. BJP chief spokesman for Jammu and Kashmir, Jitendar Singh, said they would continue with their programme. “There is no intention of creating confrontation or law and order problem,” Singh said. “As of now our programme stands.” HOOLIGANISM CAN’T SCARE US: JKLF Meanwhile the JKLF vice-chairman Advocate Bashir Ahmad Bhat Thursday said Kashmiris would not be cowed down by the BJP’s ‘hooliganism.’ “Kashmiris will with their firm resolve and unwavering determination assemble at Lal Chowk on January 26 and hoist their flag,” said Bhat, addressing a meeting of party members here. “Kashmiris are a courageous people who have been fighting 10 lakh armed forces and have so far offered sacrifices of lakhs of its people. They have set great examples through their peaceful mass revolutions from 2008 to 2010,” Bhat said, adding that “when BPJ was in power at the Centre it set free Kashmiri political detainees from jails and set in motion the peace process and started talks. But now the same party is demanding death sentences for political detainees and has announced war against Kashmiris. It uses its goons against Kashmiris everywhere in India.” Bhat said the Kashmiris would give a befitting reply to the BJP on January 26 at Lal Chowk.