BJP MP dares Malik on Lal Chowk flagBy IANS
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
KOLKATA - Kashmiri separatist leader Muhammad Yasin Malik must clarify which flag he wants to see hoisted at Srinagar’s Lal Chowk on Republic Day, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP demanded here Wednesday.
“Yasin Malik should clarify which country’s flag he wants to see there. We know he wants to see the flag of Pakistan there. His dream will never be fulfilled,” BJP MP Chandan Mitra told reporters here.
While addressing a seminar in Srinagar Tuesday, Malik had challenged BJP’s decision to hoist the national flag at the Lal Chowk on Republic Day.
“If the BJP intends to go ahead with its decision, we will see whose flag is hoisted at Lal Chowk,” Malik had said.
Mitra also condemned Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah for asking BJP not to hoist the national flag at Lal Chowk.
The youth wing of the BJP, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, is scheduled to organise Rashtriya Ekta Yatra from Kolkata to Srinagar for the unity of the nation and to bind the youth of India with Kashmir
The rally will start Jan 12 from Kolkata and pass through 11 states before reaching Lal Chowk in Srinagar Jan 26. Hoisting the national flag there will mark the end of the rally.
Asked whether the BJP youth wing was trying to compete with the Youth Congress under Rahul Gandhi, Morcha national secretary Bani Tripathy said: “We don’t want any comparisons because we don’t believe in any individual-oriented or family-oriented politics.
“A family runs Congress party. It’s entirely their prerogative how the Youth Congress will function,” she said.