Emblem issue: NC terms LAHDC move as `mischief`
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Last Updated: Monday, February 28, 2011, 22:43
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 unfortunate.

"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 comments.

"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.


First Published: Monday, February 28, 2011, 22:43

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