New Delhi/Srinagar, Jan 23 (Agencies): Determined to hoist the tricolour at Lal Chowk in Srinagar on Republic Day, BJP on Sunday accused Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Omar Abdullah government of "surrendering" to separatists.

Firing a salvo at Singh, senior leader L K Advani said BJP was not trying to score a political point rather challenging the separatists who had vowed to block the party's plan to hoist the tricolour.
"If the rationale for the prohibitory orders is apprehension of breach of peace, curbs should be targeted towards those who have declared that they will not let the tricolour be put up at the Lal Chowk....

"And certainly not against those who have been repeatedly asserting that they will peacefully, and respectfully, unfurl the tricolour at Lal Chowk," Advani wrote in his blog.
 In Delhi, senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley said, "The government has arrested members of Bharatiya Yuva Morcha. They have sealed all border points in Jammu and Kashmir to prevent their entry. This is unacceptable and undemocratic."
 As BJP showed no signs of abandoning its plan, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah chaired a high level meeting of the civil administration and security agencies in Srinagar to ensure peaceful Republic day.

Hours after the meeting chaired by Omar, police swung into action and took BJP state unit's vice president Sofi Mohammad Yousuf into preventive custody late last night. A senior police officer said the BJP leader has been taken into custody as a preventive measure under section 107 CrPC read with Section 151 CrPC.

"They were pasting posters which could have led to breach of public peace. They were also found violating the Section 144 CrPC, which prohibits assembly of four or more persons," the officer said.

The state government has decided to deploy around 100 additional companies of police and paramilitary forces to scuttle any attempts by the BJP to march towards Srinagar.

 The BJP parliamentary party chairman recalled how separatists had hoisted the Pakistani flag on Eid at Lal Chowk last year in full media glare and wondered why Indian flag cannot be hoisted at the historic place on Republic Day.

 Describing the "crackdown" by the state government as a "panic reaction", he said the actions were "even more shameful as the UPA government took no action against various groups of separatists who had gone to New Delhi a few months back and openly spoke of dividing a particular state and about sedition.

 "The prime minister and the Congress party have to give some clear answers on why they are taking action against patriots and no action against separatists," Jaitley said, adding hoisting the Indian flag is a peaceful assertion of nationalistic sentiment in a sovereign land.