Flag hoisting row: BJP to case against J&K govt

BJP on Friday said it would file cases against the state government and move a breach of privilege motion in the Assembly.

Jammu: Terming as "illegal and unconstitutional" the actions of J&K authorities to prevent it from hoisting the tricolour at Srinagar`s Lal Chowk, the BJP on Friday said it would file cases against the state government and move a breach of privilege motion in the Assembly.

"BJP will file cases against the Omar government for disrespecting the national flag in Kashmir, torturing workers, denying permission to MLAs to fly to Kashmir and also our right to hoist the tricolour in Kashmir," BJP state president Shamsher Singh Manhas told reporters here.

"The process in this direction will be completed in a couple of days. Proof has been collected and other legal formalities are being completed," he said.

Terming the actions of Jammu and Kashmir administration as "illegal and unconstitutional," he said, "This all has been done by Omar Abdullah to further the agenda of the separatists of Kashmir."

The leader of the BJP legislative party and former
Union Minister, Chama Lal Gupta, said the party would also
move a privilege motion in the Assembly.

"No cases were registered against the police and
administration for detaining us at Jammu airport gate. No
cases were registered for disrespect to tricolour at Lal
Chowk, where BJP activists were detained," Gupta alleged.

"Why were then cases registered against BJP activists
for gheraoing car of a state minister and for disrespect to
state flag. When a policeman hurled a shoe at Omar at
Independence Day function in Srinagar, he flew him to his
native place in a state chopper," Gupta said.

The leaders said that they would also move the
National Human Rights Commission and the state rights body
over the issue.

"We believe in one flag, one chief minister and one
Constitution of India," Manhas said.

The BJP leaders also raised the issue of a BJP woman
activist who was allegedly abducted in Budgam district
of Kashmir.

35-year-old Haleema Bano, who had unsuccessfully
contested the 2008 Assembly elections from Uri constituency on
a BJP ticket, was admitted to hospital with seven per cent
burns. She told the police that she was abducted from
Shiekhpura area of Budgam district on January 24 and was
tortured by her abductors who released her today at Soibugh in
the same district.

A senior police officer said in Sringar that
investigations were on into the claims of Bano.


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