JD-U appeals to BJP to give up flag hoisting plan

New Delhi: The JD(U) today made a fresh appeal to ally BJP today to drop its plan to hoist the national flag in Lal Chowk in Srinagar, saying issues related to Jammu and Kashmir were "sensitive".

"Earlier also I had given the suggestion…, I again appeal to them (BJP)," JD(U) President Sharad Yadav told reporters here when asked about his party`s views on BJP`s plans to hoist the tricolour in Lal Chowk on Republic Day.

He pointed out that issues related to Jammu and Kashmir are "sensitive" and this should be kept in mind.

Referring to the summer unrest in Kashmir last year, the JD-U chief said peace has been restored there "by the people themselves and not by any government".

Yadav, who is also the convener of NDA, had earlier also objected the the plan to hoist the national flag at Lal Chowk immediately after BJP had announced it.

In an interview to PTI, Yadav had said, "I appeal to the BJP to postpone its programme to hoist the flag at Lal Chowk for the time being. This would be in the interest of both the country and Kashmir.

"Right now, there is peace in the Valley which has arrived due to the diligent efforts of people there and steps should be taken at this time to strengthen that peace instead of doing anything which hampers it," Yadav had said.

Replying to questions on what he had to say on the the programme as the NDA convener, Yadav had categorically said, "This is not NDA`s programme. It is BJP`s programme."

Yadav was of the view that peace was prevailing in Jammu and Kashmir after a long time and people in the Valley have made a move forward for peace and development and hence nothing should be done which hampers this development.

"People in the Valley came forward to stop the cycle of violence for the sake of future of their children. At mass level, people made initiatives to ensure the running of educational institutions in the state.

"The country should read a message into it. There is peace and we should make efforts to maintain this peace," Yadav said.