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PM’s remark a ‘psychological surrender’
New Delhi/ Ahmednagar, Jan 23 (IANS):
Published on 24 Jan. 2011 12:29 AM IST
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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Sunday accused Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of “psychologically surrendering” to Kashmir separatists by describing the party’s decision to hoist the national flag in Srinagar as “divisive”.
Addressing media persons here, BJP senior leader Arun Jaitley said: “When two people speak in New Delhi about the segregation of the (Jammu and Kashmir) territory, it passes off as a right to free expression. But when as an assertion of India’s sovereignty, the national flag is sought to be hoisted in Srinagar, it is dubbed as divisive.”
Describing the prime minister’s stand as “unacceptable”, Jaitley wondered how could the hoisting of the national flag be “divisive and provocative”.
On union Finance Minister Pranab Mukharjee’s comparing the stalling of parliament by the opposition with the Maoists, Jaitley suggested that the minister be more restrained in his utterances. Obstructing parliamentary procedures in a “rarest of rare” situation was part of parliamentary functioning, Jaitley claimed.
He said the Congress too had resorted to similar obstruction when the party was in the opposition and “we never compared it with Maoists”.
The BJP leader slammed the Jammu and Kashmir government and the centre for unleashing a reign of repression on the workers of the party’s youth wing, which is on its “yatra” (march) to Srinagar to hoist the national flag on Republic Day. The “disproportionate reaction” from the state and the central governments pointed to the “state of panic” they were in, Jaitley said describing it as “unconstitutional and undemocratic”. He said it was every citizen’s right to hoist the national flag on Republic Day and no power can stop it. On Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa’s expected arrival in Delhi, Jaitley said the chief minister will meet senior party leaders including himself (Jaitley).
BJP activists on ‘yatra’ to J&K sent back home
Police and railway officials here hoodwinked Bharatiya Janata Party activists headed to Jammu and Kashmir for the Republic Day flag hoisting and shunted their special train back to Karnataka early Sunday.
The Bengaluru-New Delhi Karnataka Express, whose 18 bogies were full of Karnataka BJP youth activists, arrived at Sarola station in the district and was due for onward departure to the north.
The activists, estimated at around 1,500, were scheduled to join other colleagues from different states for the party’s Tiranga Yatra in Srinagar on January 26.
However, the centre and Jammu and Kashmir government have already announced that political activists from other states would not be allowed to create mischief. The local railway authorities here acted swiftly to thwart the onward journey of the train.
When the train halted here, they blacked out Sarola railway station. Taking advantage of the blanket of darkness, they detached the train’s engine and attached it to the rear of the train.
Two more bogies with around 150 Railway Protection Force personnel were also attached to the train and around 1.30 am, it “started” its journey - but in the reverse direction and back to Karnataka.
It was only too late when the BJP workers, many of them fast asleep, in the train realised that they had been taken for a ride and halted the train at Nagansur station on the Maharashtra-Karnataka border.
A railway official said that “the drastic measure was implemented in order to avoid any untoward situation in Maharashtra.”
The police operation resulted in delays of two other trains traversing by the route.

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