Jammu: The debate over Ladakh Autonomous
Hill Development Council (LAHDC) adopting an insignia similar
to the national emblem by replacing the Jammu and Kashmir logo
intensified on Monday with National Conference terming it as a
"mischief" and BJP and Panther Party supporting the move.
"It is a mischief. Those involved in it are less than
one percent of the population of Jammu and Kashmir. But still
they cannot separate themselves from the state," senior NC
leader Mustafa Kamal told reporters here.
Maintaining that this has given a wrong signal to the
people of the Kashmir valley, he questioned the very existence
of the LAHDC.
"The way LAHDC Leh was created, its very basis is
wrong. It was formed in 1995 when there was no elected
government in the state," Kamal said.
In a unanimous resolution in this regard passed last
week, the council adopted the symbol with the Ashoka Pillar
which almost resembles the national emblem.
An LAHDC councillor said the decision was taken so as
to give the emblem a more national look. Jammu and Kashmir has
its own flag and emblem.
PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said the move was
"You should ask this question to the Congress. But PDP
will not allow any attempt to divide the state and dilute the
special status of J-K`s Constitution," she told reporters
outside the Assembly.
Taking a dig at Omar Abdullah, she said, "You can
expect anything under his misrule as the writ of the
government is seen at the grass-root level."
When journalists sought Omar`s comments on the issue,
he left without speaking to them.
Senior Congress MLA from Leh and Tourism Minister
Nawang Rigzin Jora was angry when reporters asked his
"Why do you want to make an issue out of a non issue.
This is no issue at all."
BJP meanwhile came out in support of LAHDC`s move.
"We are fully supporting the move by LAHDC. We also
support its demand for carving out a Union Territory (UT) for
Ladakh region," party MLA Ashok Khajuria said.
"If two flags and two constitutions are applicable to
Jammu and Kashmir, why cannot there be a different emblem? BJP
believes only in one national flag and Indian constitution,
not in the state flag and the state constitution," he said.
The Jammu and Kashmir National Panther Party termed
the issue as a "minor one" and supported the LAHDC`s move.
Chief Minister Abdullah had yesterday said that his
government was examining the issue will take a decision.