Jammu Jan 21 (Agencies): Lashing out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said the saffron party was trying to vitiate the state’s peaceful atmosphere by hoisting national flag on Republic Day at Lal Chowk in Srinagar.

J&K Government on Thursday said it wouldn't allow anything that would vitiate the state's peaceful atmosphere ahead of the Republic Day celebrations. Chief minister Omar Abdullah instead asked BJP to join the official Republic Day celebrations in Srinagar and not to overshadow the event.

Jammu and Kashmir government on Thursday said it will not allow any programme which could vitiate peaceful atmosphere in the state. During a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, it was decided that no programme which has the potential of vitiating the peaceful atmosphere in the state will be allowed, an official spokesman said.

The state government directed the administrative and police officials to ensure that all measures are taken so that the law and order in the state is not disturbed in the run up to the Republic Day.

The BJP's youth wing -- Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha (BJYM) -- had started its programme of Rastriya Ekhta Yatra from Kanyakuwari to Kashmir and plans to hoist the national flag on January 26 at Lal Chowk.

However, an adamant and defiant BJP questioned the government’s opposition to the Ekta Yatra and said the move was in no way challenging the state government but separatists.

"Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has said the move will precipitate things in the Valley. It is a provocative step. It is provocative not for India but its enemies...we are not challenging the government but the separatists," senior BJP leader LK Advani said.

Omar met home minister P Chidambaram and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi to discuss the yatra on Wednesday. ''Omar got the nod from the two leaders to disallow flag hoisting at Lal Chowk,'' a source said.

Kashmiri separatists have dared the BJP to hoist the flag and asked its supporters to march to Lal Chowk on January 26.