Wednesday, January 26, 2011

BJP dubs Lal Chowk flag-hoisting ban 'criminal', mulls moving court PTI

BJP dubs Lal Chowk flag-hoisting ban 'criminal', mulls moving court

Jan 26, 2011, 10.12pm IST

NEW DELHI: Dubbing the move of the Jammu and Kashmir government and the Centre to prevent BJP leaders from hoisting the national flag in Srinagar as "criminal", BJP on Wednesday said the party could move the court against the "unconstitutional and illegal" stand taken by the state administration.

"What has happened in J&K to deal with BJP's campaign to hoist the national flag at Lal Chowk is something which is totally is illegal and criminal. I think we should knock at the doors of the courts in respect of some of (these issues)," party veteran L K Advani said here.

He said the way special trains carrying BJP workers to Jammu and Srinagar were either cancelled or diverted had not happened even during the Emergency.

Advani was addressing a gathering of BJP workerrs to felicitate Leaders of Opposition in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley respectively, and Ananth Kumar who had participated in the Ekta Yatra undertaken by the party's youth wing.

Advani also questioned the way the three BJP leaders were issued externment orders and forced to leave Jammu. "Under no law people can be deported under prohibitory orders," he said.

He said the onus to explain the ban imposed on BJP leaders to unfurl the national flag at Lal Chowk was on both the Centre and the state government.

Referring to his conversation with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the issue a couple of days ago, he said he had questioned the move of bundling out BJP leaders from Jammu. "How can this happen, I told the Prime Minister," the BJP leader said.

He claimed the stand of the Congress government had become clear during the Emergency. "Now that stand has come out in the open again," BJP parliamentary party chairman said.

He said the issue of corruption and black money stashed abroad were related to the UPA government and it was time these issues were debated at the national fora.

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