The CPI(M) on Sunday lashed out at the BJP over its plans to hoist the national flag in Srinagar on the Republic Day, saying the saffron party had a history of fishing in troubled waters to seek political advantage and sharpening communal polarization.

Flaying the BJP for being adamant on hoisting national flag at Lal Chowk in Srinagar on January 26, CPI(M) Secretary M.Y. Tarigami alleged that the saffron party and Sangh fountainhead RSS were whipping up frenzy against minorities.

“BJP’s choice of hoisting the flag in Srinagar alone and not elsewhere in the country is aimed at gaining political mileage by sharpening communal polarisation in the state,” he told reporters here.

“RSS does not use tricolour in its functions. The RSS headquarter at Nagpur does not hoist it nor do the RSS Shakhas display it in daily parades,” he said.

Mr. Tarigami said the saffron party has a history of fishing in troubled waters to seek political advantage and sharpening communal polarization.

The Amarnath Yatra Movement that the BJP spearheaded into 2008 resulted in wide spread dislocation of normal life and strengthened the alienation between the two religious communities along with widening differences between Jammu region and the Valley, the Kulgam MLA alleged.

Mr. Tarigami said the BJP was using the national flag to strengthen vote bank politics.

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