Lal Chowk Plan: BJP May Go To Court27 January 2011
The Indian Express
New Delhi: The showdown with the Jammu and Kashmir government over, the BJP’s initial assessment is that the Tiranga Yatra has not only energised its cadre but has also given it political mileage as it revived a debate on its ideological agenda. The impression has prompted the main Opposition to take forward the debate in full vigour. It is all set to raise the issue in Parliament and is also contemplating pursuing legal avenues so as to keep the issue alive. The option of legally challenging the Omar Abdullah government’s decision to block and detain Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj at the Jammu airport, citing imposition of Section 144 in the city, is being looked into. The stoppage of a special train carrying BJP workers in Maharashtra is another act that could be taken to the courts. Although a senior leader said that taking the legal route is “still in the process of thinking”, the signals emanating from the BJP camp is clear - it wants the issue to be kept alive. If it moves any court questioning what it called “illegal confinement” of its leaders for about six hours at the airport, “physically abducting” them and sending them out of the state later and using prohibitory orders to prohibit carrying of national flag, it could keep the issue alive. The BJP is, however, not surprised by the stance taken by the J&K government. “Unlike other issues, Kashmir is one issue in which even if we are alone the acceptability of our stand has always been much more,” a senior BJP leader said. He said Omar played it clever and managed to send a message to his constituency in the Valley that he has stopped the BJP from hoisting the flag. “But that is in the Valley, in the rest of the country the feeling may be different,” the leader pointed out.