The National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party on Tuesday termed the flag hosting on government buildings in Kashmir as a ‘futile exercise’.
The two pro-Article 370 parties said the move was a bid to hide the administration’s failures vis-à-vis the development of Jammu and Kashmir.
While NC said the move will not bring any major revolution in Jammu and Kashmir, PDP asked the Indian government to seek an explanation from Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the right-wing Hindu fountainhead, as to when the national flag was at its headquarters at Nagpur.
“If it is mandatory, then I want the Indian government to seek an explanation from RSS as to when the Indian flag was hoisted on its office building at Nagpur. RSS did not hoist tricolour for nearly fifty years after independence,” PDP spokesman, Syed Suhail Bukhari said.
He said hoisting tricolour on rooftops will not integrate Jammu and Kashmir with India until the government makes sincere efforts to win people’s hearts. Bukhari said the BJP-led dispensation wants to hide its failures with regard to the development of Jammu and Kashmir.
“Kashmir is not a mountain to be conquered, the way mountaineers hoist flags on achieving their target. If they (BJP) think the move will integrate Jammu and Kashmir with India then I must say its people hearts and not flags which bring integration,” he added.
NC senior leader and party general secretary, Ali Mohammad Sagar said the BJP keeps on floating all rules and precedence’s ever since the special status of Jammu and Kashmir was abrogated. He also said the flag hoisting move will not bring any major revolution.
“Hoisting tricolour on rooftops will not bring any revolution; tricolour should be respected by heart and we do that as we are not against the national flag but BJP policies vis-à-vis Jammu and Kashmir,” Sagar added.
Pertinently, Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has directed the district officers to ensure that the Indian flag is hoisted on all government buildings and establishments under their jurisdiction.
The decision was taken on Monday by the Lt Governor in a meeting with the Divisional Commissioners, District Magistrates, and Superintendents of Police.