J&K govt raises flag, won't allow BJP march The J&K government has decided not to allow BJP youth wing activists to hoist national flag on Jan 26, Republic Day, at Lal Chowk. The state government has taken a firm decision that BJP activists will not be allowed to enter Valley at any cost. The decision was taken in a cabinet meeting on Thursday chaired by chief minister Omar Abdullah. A government handout was issued after the cabinet meeting said, "the state government has directed the Civil and Police authorities to ensure that all measures are taken to ensure that the law and order in the state is not disturbed in the run up to the Republic Day celebrationsâ€ "The flag-hoisting yatra will undo all the gains made in last few-month. It will be a provocative act and will have counter reaction. It was unanimously decided that BJP activists will not be allowed to cross Jawahar tunnel," said a senior cabinet minister, wishing not to be quoted. Jawahar tunnel, 200-km north of Jammu, separates Jammu and Kashmir division. The cabinet decision was taken a day after chief minister called on home minister in New Delhi to discuss flag-hoisting yatra by Bharatiya Janta Yuva Morcha (BJYM), youth wing of BJP. Omar in a guarded statement after the meeting had said, â€œ..we are hoping that nothing is will be done to precipitate the situation in the State. As we come closer to Jan 26 we will decide.â€ The state government decision based on its assessment of the situation in the backdrop of the Lal Chowk Chalo (march) call given by on Jan 26 by Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, a separatist outfit headed by Yasin Malik. Flag hoisting yatra, called Ekta Sankalp yatra, was flagged by BJP national president Nitin Gadkari from Kolkota on Jan 11. BJP has categorically made it clear that it will go ahead with its scheduled programme. The party had said stopping the yatra will amount to appeasing separatists.