Was circular on J&K flag withdrawn under pressure, asks Omar
Opposition leader and former chief minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday asked whether the government circular regarding hoisting of the state flag along with national flag was withdrawn under pressure from BJP or RSS.
Jammu: Opposition leader and former chief minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday asked whether the government circular regarding hoisting of the state flag along with national flag was withdrawn under pressure from BJP or RSS.
"What was the compulsion for the government to withdraw it?. Had a call come from Nagpur (RSS headquarters)?. I cannot understand the reason for withdrawal," Omar said while speaking on the Motion of Thanks on the Governor's address. "If in haste you issued the circular and later withdrew it, there might have been a phone call you got from anywhere. Is it Nagpur...Delhi or Jhandewalan...It might have come from somewhere?" he said. RSS office in Delhi is located at Jhandewalan.
"What was the necessity to issue a circular by the government. We learnt that they had to do it because of the court. If they had issue it then why was it withdrawn," he said.
The state government had issued a circular last week whereby it was mentioned that the state flag will be used along with the national tri-colour by all government and Constitutional authorities.
However, the same order was withdrawn next day citing that the circular had not been vetted by an appropriate authority.
"You said about inquiry...There is no need of it. I have been incharge of GAD, I know the order is issued only after it is vetted from the top," Omar said and criticised Deputy Chief Nirmal Singh over his allegation of internal sabotage for issuance of the circular.
BJP has been fighting for one Constitution and one Flag in the country but preferred to remain silent on the issue when the Common Minimum Programme(CMP) of PDP-BJP alliance was finalised.
He hit out PDP for having double standards and fooling the people of J-K during its election campaign by first targeting BJP and then becoming its coalition partner.
"The people against whom you (PDP) threatened people (during elections)... You are partners with the same people in the government today," he said.
"You used BJP in the elections... Not because you want to form the government with them but for seeking votes from people so that BJP is stopped from coming to power in J-K," he said.
Quoting a chain of published statements by the Chief Minister and MPs Mehbooba Mufti and Tariq Karra against BJP and RSS during the Assembly election campaign, Omar charged, "You said you (PDP) have to save the state from these communal forces... Their ideology is wrong... Their designs are wrong ... You triggered fear and terror of BJP among the people, particularly Muslims, to win votes," he said.
"Your leaders gave categorical statements that there would be no alliance with BJP," Omar said as he quoted from purported interviews by Mehbooba in the media.
"How suddenly things changed and your outlook changed in January and everybody turned out to be good for you. I want to seek replies from you (PDP) about this alliance," he said.
On the issue of a flood relief package of Rs 44,000 crore approved by his Cabinet and sent to the Centre, Omar said it had no mention in the Presidential address, Union Budget and Governor's address here and now he is "expecting its mention in state budget".