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Omar forgets he arrested BJP top leaders who wanted to hoist tricolour in Srinagar
Chest Beating Drama!
8/7/2020 11:48:25 PM
Early Times Report

Jammu, Aug 7: National Conference vice-president and former J&K chief minister, Omar Abdullah, for the past two days has been beating his chest for government not allowing the so-called All Party Meet which was called by his father Dr Farooq Abdullah at his residence in Srinagar. It seems the memory of Omar Abdullah is short lived, he has forgotten that when he was the J&K chief minister, he had stopped BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley and Ananth Kumar in Jammu and they were asked to go back after they had arrived at Jammu Airport on January 24, 2011 to "take command" of the party programme for hoisting the tricolour in Lal Chowk in Srinagar on the Republic Day.
The leaders had arrived on a chartered flight from New Delhi but they were not allowed to move out as the authorities had imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC after over 1000 BJP workers had assembled outside the airport to welcome them.
Next day on January 25, 2011, late BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley, aboard a BJP rath, moved slowly across a one-kilometre bridge that stood between them and Jammu. They were accompanied by 500 BJP workers. Once the procession arrived at Lakhanpur in J&K, Swaraj and Jaitley were arrested.
For a marathon four hours Swaraj and Jaitley addressed a rally in Punjab at Madhopur at one end of the bridge. Then they headed over to the other side.
"Crossed the bridge," Swaraj had tweeted. After a few minutes she had posted, "We've been stopped."
The leaders were arrested for violating Section 144. The J&K government had made it clear that after the bridge over the River Ravi was crossed, BJP activists would be arrested to prevent them from heading to Srinagar, where the party wanted to end its Ekta Yatra by unfurling the national flag at Lal Chowk.
An analyst while talking to Early Times said, “The late BJP leaders who were arrested by the then Omar Abdullah regime wanted to go to Srinagar for hoisting the national flag on the occasion of Republic Day and it was not an unlawful act despite that Omar prevented these leaders from entering into Jammu and Kashmir.”
He said, “Now he is raising hue and cry about the J&K administration not allowing the so-called APM the apparent aim of which was to instigate the people to come out and stage protest against the change in J&K’s status-quo. Omar needs to bear in mind that the Government of India has made it explicitly clear that no one will be allowed to vitiate peace. So how could have government allowed Farooq and others to hold a meet which could have created disturbance. Omar should stop beating his chest and peep into the past.”
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