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High Voltage Politics over Tricolour
Chetan Sharma | 25 Jan 2011

After almost a marathon of around nine to ten months state government has just take control over the situation in Kashmir, It all happened with the cool temperament of our young Chief Minister his team and non other than the state Police, But some element

After almost a marathon of around nine to ten months state government has just take control over the situation in Kashmir, It all happened with the cool temperament of our young Chief Minister his team and non other than the state Police, But some elements of destruction who have no religion, cast, create or culture have always tried to disturbe the state when ever it comes to normal. Now a days one question is striking to every common mans mind is that, Even though BJP’s senior leadership has invited our Chief Minister to hoist tricolour at lal chowk, But when NDA was in power and the gentleman they are inviting now was minister in Atal Ji’s Cabinet : Why he at that time was not directed to hoist National flag at Lal Chowk?
This is all down to show to the nation that We do exist. The gentleman who have decided to organize this 'Rashtriya Ekta Yatra', should sit together and reconsider that what threat they are posing to the state as well as nation.
Mean while State Government has directed the Civil and Police authorities to ensure that all measures are taken to ensure that the law and order in the state is not disturbed in the run up to the Republic Day Celebrations.
In a high level meeting chaired by the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah it was decided that no programme which has the potential of vitiating the peaceful atmosphere in the state will be allowed.
The meeting reviewed the arrangements and directed that while the Republic Day should be celebrated with full fervor and enthusiasm, 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.
The meeting was attended by Ministers Abdul Rahim Rather, Ali Mohammad Sagar, Taj Mohi-ud-Din, Surjeet Singh Slathia, Sham Lal Sharma, Ghulam Hassan Mir, Raman Bhalla, Advisor to the Chief Minister Mubarak Gul , Political Advisor to the Chief Minister Devender Singh Rana, Chief Secretary S.S. Kapur, Director General of Police Kuldeep Khoda, Principal Secretary Home Department B.R. Sharma, Additional Director General of Police Law & Order K. Rajindra, IGP CID, B.Srinivasan and IGP Jammu Dilbag Singh.
The Chief Secretary S.S. Kapur and Director General of Police Kuldeep Khoda briefed the meeting about the preparations made by the administration to ensure that the Republic Day celebrations pass off peacefully.
On the other hand to counter BJP march to Lal Chowk in Srinagar on January 26 , separatists have also planned to hoist black flags and to stage street protests.
As the BJP is going ahead with its plans of hoisting the national flag in Srinagar ,the Jammu and Kashmir government issued a stern warning that the government would be "compelled to resort to force to keep the marchers outside Jammu and Kashmir".
Government has alredy conveyed to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that it will be "forced to use force" in case the party goes ahead with its plan to hoist the national flag in Srinagar's Lal Chowk on Republic Day, an official source said.
It has been conveyed to the BJP leadership that the party's Tiranga Yatra "is unwelcome in Jammu and Kashmir for the simple reason that it would vitiate the peaceful atmosphere in the state", the source said.
On Saturday the BJP president Nitin Gadkari has justified the BJP Yuva Morcha Kashmir Yatra to hoist the national flag in Srinagar and appealed to the Congress party as well as the National Conference to join his party and make it an all-party event.
BJP claimed more than 50,000 youths will arrive in the city to proceed with 'Rashtriya Ekta Yatra', which will culminate on Republic Day after hoisting of the tricolour at Srinagar's Lal Chowk.
"More than 50,000 youth of the country are reaching to Jammu on January 25 and would proceed to Kashmir to hoist the tricolour in the Valley and no force on earth can stop us from doing so," state BJP President Shamsher Singh Manhas told .
At a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Thursday, the state government decided that no programme that has the potential of vitiating the peaceful atmosphere in the state will be allowed, an official statement said.
The Jammu and Kashmir Police are engaged in sealing the state's border with Punjab at Lakhanpur, 90 km south of Jammu.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has also appealed to refrain from "promoting divisive agendas" on Republic Day.
The march led by BJP's youth wing Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha president Anurag Thakur was flagged off from Kolkata Jan 12.
The yatra, which was earlier scheduled to enter Jammu and Kashmir Monday evening, will now enter Tuesday, state BJP president Shaamsher Singh Manhas said.