Srinagar, Jan 13 (Agencies): Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday made a fresh appeal to the BJP to abandon its plan of hoisting the tricolour at Lal Chowk, a week after his first plea was rejected by the party, hoping that "good sense" will prevail on it.

"Disturbing the peaceful atmosphere in the state will not be in the interests of the people of the country," he told reporters in Baramulla as he expressed hope that "good sense will prevail on the BJP" and it will not do anything which would be a setback to the national interests.

Omar's latest appeal comes after the BJP youth wing rejected his January 5 demand of shunning its programme to hoist the national flag at Lal Chowk on Republic Day. "If their aim is to set Kashmir afire, please tell them to stop. If there are repercussions, I will hold them personally responsible," he then said.

Earlier in the day at a function here, Omar slammed BJP for its "intention" to create trouble in the Valley after a turbulent summer last year. "It is strange that after 19 years, when BJP hoisted the flag in Lal Chowk in 1992, it has again struck to them (BJP) to hoist the flag in Lal Chowk. It has exposed their intention of creating trouble."

The Chief Minister also appealed to the BJP to stop its youth wing's 'Rashtriya Ekta Yatra' as it would harm the improved situation in Kashmir that has attained normalcy after serious endeavours and hard work.

"I appeal the BJP that it is after serious endeavours that situation in Kashmir has improved. They should not create trouble and stop the Yatra as they have no benefit by continuing it," Omar said.

The Chief Minister said he has failed to understand why BJP chose Lal Chowk for hoisting the national flag on the epublic Day. "Why don't they do it in any of the Northeastern states or those areas affected by Maoists?" he asked.

The BJP and its youth wing has stayed firm on the plan and even challenged Omar to stop them from hoisting flag. "No one stop can us from hoisting the tricolour at Lal Chowk in Srinagar," BJYM state president Munish Sharma had recently said.

BJP president Nitin Gadkari on Wedenesday flagged off the 3,037-km Rashtriya Ekta Yatra from West Bengal to Kashmir to hoist the national tricolour at Srinagar's historic Lal Chowk on the Republic Day.

While handing over the national flag to Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha president Anurag Thakur, Gadkari had said the yatra is a symbol of "national unification" and an expression
that shows that India was one from Kashmir to Kanyakumari.