Monday, January 24, 2011

BJP must re-think on Flag unfurling plan

The BJP youth wing’s Kolkata-to-Kashmir Rashtriya Ekta Yatra to unfurl the national flag in Srinagar on 26th January after a gap of 18 years is in the thick of controversy. As far as unfurling of national flag on Republic Day is concerned, it is done every year with all respect to it for maintaining unity and integrigrity, besides peace and amity in the entire country. Kashmir had been in the throes violence during entire summer. It is with great difficulty that the normalcy has been restored there. There is possibility that if the BJP went ahead with unfurling of flag on Republic Day on January 26, there might occur violence between the separatist leaders and BJP cadres. Separatists are opposing the unfurling of flag by BJP at Lal Chowk in Srinagar. It is also a fact that the BJP can not encrease its nationalist standing by unfurling the flag at Lal Chowk in Srinagar. It will only create rancour between the two sections in Srinagar, creating disturbance and breaking peace. Entire state machinery of Jammu and Kashmir Government is involved in not allowing anyone to disturb the fragile peace in the state. Even after the three top leaders of BJP,Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley and Ananth Kumar were stopped at Jammu airport and not allowed to enter the city to participate in a massive rally planned in Jammu , triggering vehement protests, BJP has asserted that it would go ahead with its plan to hoist the tricolour at Lal Chowk in Srinagar on Republic Day while the Congress party said that the opposition party should not play politics on the national flag to satisfy their motives.The three leaders have thrown their weight behind the party’s controversial Ekta Yatra, were asked to return to Delhi which they refused as hundreds of BJP workers outside the airport shouted slogans and waved flags. Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra said that peace and harmony will prevail in the state on the solemn occasion of Republic day celebration. Republic Day is a solemn occasion and it must be celebrated as such. BJP must re-think on its flag hoisting plan in the interest of the nation.It is correct to say that unfurling national flag is a right of every Indian but no one has the right to create law and order problem.

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