Livid BJP Leaders Vent Ire On Omar

Livid BJP Leaders Vent Ire On Omar

26 January 2011
Kashmir Observer


Jammu: Top Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders were released Wednesday by the state government after two days' arrest that foiled the party's move to hoist the national flag in Srinagar's historic Lal Chowk on Republic Day. A livid Arun Jaitley, leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha, slammed the central and state governments, accusing them of 'hijacking and abducting' party leaders to stop the 'Ekta Yatra' (integration march) in order to please the separatists in Kashmir. Jaitley, along with Sushma Swaraj, leader of opposition in Lok Sabha, Ananth Kumar and Shanta Kumar were earlier freed from the hotel in Kathua in Punjab where they were held since Tuesday evening after their arrest. Talking to reporters outside the hotel, Swaraj said: 'Tiranga Yatra has concluded because it was to culminate on Jan 26 - Republic Day.' At a press conference in Jammu, Jaitley took on the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government and the Jammu and Kashmir government, accusing them of engaging in 'illegal actions' to stop the Ekta Yatra that was to have concluded in Srinagar's Lal Chowk with the hoisting of the tricolour. 'Both the central and the state governments have surrendered ideologically and psychologically to separatists,' Jaitley said. Chief Minister Omar Abdullah also had spoken against the BJP's plan and ordered the state machinery to do everything to stop the yatra and foil the BJP move. Jaitley said the central government and the ministries of home and railways were guilty of 'the crime of hijacking' by diverting the trains carrying the BJP workers on their way to join the 'Ekta Yatra'. In New Delhi, BJP chief Nitin Gadkari said that the march to Srinagar was to defy anti-India elements in Kashmir. He denied that the BJP was trying to derive political mileage from the march. 'Some people say there is politics in hoisting the national flag at Lal Chowk. What politics was involved in hoisting the flag. This is not politics but our duty,' Gadkari told reporters after hoisting the tricolour at the party headquarters in the capital. Agencies


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