Conspiracies being hatched to destabilise J&K govt: Deputy CM

Jammu and Kashmir deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh on Saturday accused "some elements" in the administration of hatching conspiracies to destabilise the PDP-BJP government and said action will be taken against the conspirators.

PTI| Last Updated: Mar 14, 2015, 15:31 PM IST

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh on Saturday accused "some elements" in the administration of hatching conspiracies to destabilise the PDP-BJP government and said action will be taken against the conspirators.

"A major attempt (with regard to state flag issue) was made to destabilise the government. But when we debated the issue within the government, and reaction we got from big people, I can say with confidence a big conspiracy was hatched against the government," Singh told reporters.

While replying to a question, he said that there were conspiracies before this (flag issue) and in future "we expect such conspiracies."

"Yesterday, an attempt was made, on which the government's stand has come. There are some people in this administration, either they are not playing their role or they are...

"They had to play the role of informing the government, which is highest body, (on vital issue), due to which this controversy has been created. Before this, such incidents have taken place. In future, we will see what corrective measures would be taken," Singh said.

Asked if the government would punish those responsible, Singh said "definitely, action would be taken. We have already said yesterday."

He further said that we have just entered into the government. "The way the mandate has been given by the people, and the government that has been formed, we get information from press and media about the conspiracies."

"But the way north pole and south pole (are in power) and central pole has been setup, the government has enthusiasm to work for the betterment of the people of J&K. We will continue with it,"Singh said.

The J-K Deputy CM termed the PDP-BJP alliance as a beginning of a new chapter, a new experiment, despite the religious and regional divide.

"We should forget the past. People are deprived of their rights for last 67 years. There is new environment and new vision and ideology. We are honestly working for betterment of J&K and the country, we have entered into the alliance," he said.

Replying to a question about the resolution by Independent MLA Engineer Rashid about return of mortal remains of Afzal Guru, Singh said the government will not accept any unconstitutional matter.

"When I talk of the state government, I talk about all the coalition partners. BJP will play its role. Other will also perform their role, we hope so," he added.

On the issue of return of displaced Kashmiri Pandits to the Valley, the Deputy CM "it is the commitment of the state government to ensure return of KPs back to Valley. I appeal the community to provide full cooperation to the government".

On setting up of Kashmiri temple and Shrines bill, Singh said "We are very serious on temple bill. We will sit with them and work -- how we will be able to iron out those circumstances, and in new atmosphere and in government, we will do better."  

The Mufti Mohammad Sayeed government yesterday withdrew the controversial circular asking constitutional authorities to maintain the sanctity of the state flag, saying it was not approved by a "competent authority".

The government said appropriate administrative action will be taken after enquiry into the circumstances leading to the issuing of this circular.

"The draft of the circular was not approved by the competent authority before issue of the same on March 12, 2015 and as such stands withdrawn with immediate effect," an official spokesman had said yesterday.

Appropriate administrative action will be taken after enquiry into the circumstances leading to the issuing of this circular, he added.

Mufti government had on Thursday issued a circular asking all constitutional authorities to maintain the sanctity of the state flag, at all costs, as is being done in respect of the National flag.

Jammu and Kashmir has a separate constitution and separate flag unlike other states under special status.