BJP leader unfurls Tricolour, Sending strong message to Kashmiri Separatists

via PTI published on January 26, 2008

Srinagar:After 17 years, a political leader on Saturday hoisted the tricolour on the occasion of the Republic day at Lal Chowk in the heart of the city.

BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi had unfurled the national flag on January 26, 1991 at the same place where separatists used to hoist Pakistani flags since the onset of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir in 1989.

Since ’92 security forces were holding the R-Day function at Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of Jammu and Kashmir summer capital.

BJP leader RP Singh, who in charge of Jammu and Kashmir affairs of the party, on Saturday hoisted the national flag at Lal Chowk in the presence of nearly 200 supporters including party’s Kashmir unit President Sofi Mohammad Yousuf.

“This place used to be a den of separatists. This is our message to them that Kashmir is an integral part of India,” Singh said.

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