Leh: The Ladakh Autonomous Hill
Development Council (LAHDC) has decided to adopt an insignia
similar to the national emblem replacing the Jammu and
Kashmir`s logo, drawing a sharp reaction from PDP which said
it will strive to protect the state`s unique identity.
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.
The councillor said the inclusion of the new logo will
help in promoting the hill council as a unique political
dispensation for the people of Ladakh.
Reacting to the issue, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah
said his government will take a decision after examining the
"We are examining the issue. After all, it is a local
municipality. Even the Srinagar municipality has a different
emblem. We will examine the manner and take a decision," Omar
Opposition Peoples Democratic party (PDP) termed the
move to discard the state emblem by LAHDC as "unfortunate".
"PDP will fight any attempt to dilute the special
status of Jammu and Kashmir under the Constitution. Leh is
part of the state. The emblem controversy is unfortunate," PDP
president Mehbooba Mufti said.
She claimed ruling National Conference has bartered
away all the state`s financial resources and institutions and
there was need "to protect the unique identity of the state".
Mehbooba also said the PDP is fully behind the Private
Member`s bill planned to be tabled by party MLA from Bandipora
Nizamuddin Bhat for hoisting the state flag alongside the
The 32-member LAHDC also passed a resolution for
inclusion of Bodhi language in the Eight Schedule of the
Constitution without any opposition.