Shimla: While BJP here termed the Rashtriya Ekta Yatra a success that had raised vital issues about national integration, congress on the other had rubbished it as a flop show which was enacted without purpose or meaning.
BJP spokesman Ganesh Dutt told reporters that the Yuva Janta Morcha president Anurag Thakur led march from Kolkatta to Jammu & Kashmir between Jan 12 to 26 had got tremendous response from the youth and had strengthened nationalist forces in the country.
He said, â€œthe Yatra has raised vital issues like â€˜is hoisting the national flag at Lal Chowk in Srinagar a crimeâ€™ and â€˜is Jammu & Kashmir not an integral part of Indiaâ€™, were being widely debated in the country.â€
Though the arrest of senior party leaders had thwarted plans of reaching Srinagar but the party had been able to hoist the national flag at Katua in Jammu, he said.
The party has condemned the attitude of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh towards the Yatra saying that it had only played into the hands of militants and anti-national forces.
Ducking a question about Bihar Chief minister Nitish Kumar distancing his partyâ€™s support for the contentious Yatra, Dutt said that each party was entitled to its stance.
Congress spokesman Kuldeep Rathore went onto demand prosecution of the Yatra leaders saying that the Indian Flag has been insulted by them and they needed to booked under the laws of the land.
Talking to the media, he said that it was a flop show and an aimless exercise which reflected nothing but frustration of the opposition leaders.
â€œIf BJP was so enthusiastic, it should motivate the youth in Jammu & Kashmir to hoist the Indian Flag in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir,â€ said Rathore.
The spokesman went onto add that the futile yatra was so devoid of merit that even Nitish Kumar, who runs a coalition government with BJP in Bihar had come out in opposition to his alliance partners plans of hoisting the national flag at Lal Chowk in Srinagar on Republic Day.