New Delhi, Jan 19 (Agencies): As BJP and Jammu and Kashmir government prepare for a showdown over hoisting of national flag at Lal Chowk on Republic Day, party leaders from the state unit on Wednesday met a senior police officer to "inform" him about their plans.

"We informed the police about our plans to hoist the national flag at Lal Chowk on January 26 so that they can make necessary arrangements in this regard," BJP state vice- president Chandra Prakash Ganga said after meeting IGP Kashmir S M Sahai.

BJP national president Nitin Gadkari had flagged off from Kolkata on January 12 the 'Rashtriya Ekta Yatra' which is scheduled to culminate with hoisting of the tricolour at Lal Chowk.

The flag hoisting plans of BJP has led to a debate in the Valley with Chief Minister Omar Abdullah saying BJP was trying to foment trouble in Kashmir, which has returned to normalcy after a lot of hard work.

Omar on Wednesday met Union Home Minister P Chidambaram to discuss the situation in the state.

The BJP's plans have also been opposed by separatist outfits, including JKLF and moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference, that have described the move as "war mongering" against Kashmiris.

Ganga said BJP will not seek permission from the district administration or police authorities for hoisting the flag.

Meanwhile, District Magistrate, Srinagar, Mehraj Ahmad Kakroo said he has not received any application for grant of permission to hoist the national flag at Lal Chowk.