MLA Rashid Challenges Dy CM On State-National Flag Issue

31 December, Srinagar

Challenging the Deputy Chief Minister and senior BJP leader Dr Nirmal Singh’s claim that State flag of Jammu and Kashmir cannot be equated with National Flag, Awami Itehad Party (AIP) chief Er Sheikh Abdul Rashid said let people go through the constitution before making any statement on the issue.

Rashid, an independent MLA representing Langate constituency has already submitted a Bill seeking change of names of Governor and Chief Minister as Sadar-e-Riyasat and Wazir-e-Azam.

Rashid has submitted the Bill in the Assembly secretariat to be taken up during the ensuing Budget Session from January 18 at winter capital, Jammu, following a High Court judgement that state legislature has no constitutional authority to change the name of Sadar-e-Riyasat and Wazir-e-Azam. Besides the court directed to give due respect to state flag and hoist it on all government buildings and vehicles.

However, after the High Court judgement Dr Singh has said that state flag cannot be equated with the tri colour. Rashid, who hit the headlines after he hosted a beef party in MLA hostel during last session in Srinagar, said BJP leaders were misleading people by distorting the facts.

However, he said those parties, including the BJP who wanted to distort the history will not succeed as they have failed since 1947.

In a statement, he said it would have been better for all the political parties including BJP to tell people of the country the truth which is nothing less than the fact that J&K is a disputed territory and instrument of accession was conditional.

He said then Maharaja Hari Singh decided to accede to India against the wishes of majority of community. However, he said there was a condition that Plebiscite will be held in Jammu and Kashmir for a permanent settlement.

But, he said the successive central governments through their puppets in Jammu and Kashmir tried to undo many things which was not their domain and time has come to rectify the wrongs.

Rashid said let Dr Singh and everybody else understand that even restoring autonomy and dignity of the flag will never mean a final solution. India and Pakistan have to be prepared to take bold initiatives for a final settlement of the issue, he said and advised BJP leaders, including Dr Singh to go through June 7, 1952 proceedings of Assembly before trying to mislead people about the state flag.

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