Flag marchers rise like Phoenix in Jammu

published on January 25, 2011

Mohit Kandhari | Jammu – The Pioneer

The Jammu & Kashmir Government and its police were left red-faced on Tuesday as thousands of activists of BJP’s youth wing surfaced from narrow bylanes in the walled city area in Jammu and marched up to Parade Chowk defying prohibitory orders imposed by the jittery administration.

For Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who remained closeted with his coterie of advisors at his residence for most part of the day, the news of BJYM activists, atop buses and shouting slogans, “Hum Lal Chowk jayengey Tiranga wahin leharangey”, entering the city must have been a headache.

Ironically, the State Government had virtually blocked the National Highway by sealing the State borders with Punjab to thwart BJP’s plan.

Senior police officials had claimed that they would not allow even a single person to gain entry to the city.

BJYM activists, who waved the Tricolour, defied prohibitory orders at various other places across Jammu region and courted arrest. Police also used mild cane charge to disperse them.

Large number of women also stepped out of their houses wearing their nationality on their sleeves to join the protests at Parade Chowk.

BJYM leaders Poonam Mahajan, daughter of late Pramod Mahajan, national secretary Vani Tripathi, general secretary Nitin Navin, along with State BJP chief Shamsher Singh Manhas, staged a protest dharna against the State Government in Jammu.

Speaking on the occasion, Manhas said, “On September 12, 2010 when separatist forces had hoisted Pakistani flag at Lal Chowk the State Government developed cold feet and could not take any action against them and now when the leaders of the national party are reaching here to join the ‘Rashtriya Ekta rally’ to unfurl the Tricolour at Lal Chowk in Srinagar, the same State Government is taking repressive measures and murdering democracy by deporting them out of the State.”

According to BJP spokesman Jitendra Singh,”More than 2000 BJYM activists courted arrest in Jammu region in protest against the decision of the State Government to stop the Trianga yatra on the State borders.”

He said that the outrage against democracy would go down as a dark day in the history of independent India as the day-long developments were reminiscent of the British rule.

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