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Order to hoist Indian flag on govt buildings reflects insecurity: Mehbooba

PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday said that the Jammu and Kashmir administration’s directions to hoist the Indian national flag on all government buildings reflect a sense of insecurity as no such order has been issued anywhere else in India.

Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha had asked officials to hoist the Indian flag on all government buildings in Jammu and Kashmir late last month.

The administration also directed all deputy commissioners and divisional heads of departments to implement the LG’s order within a fortnight.

“This shows their sense of insecurity… the sense of uncertainty. Why are such orders being issued in Jammu and Kashmir only? In other parts, the governor or the ruler does not issue such orders,” Mehbooba told reporters.

The former chief minister also said dissent has been criminalised in India.

“Anyone who differs with them (government), be it journalists, politicians, etc. they are booked,” she alleged.
Asked about the recent exodus of leaders from her party, the PDP chief said the deserters should answer this question.

“They did not leave when we made them ministers, MLCs and Rajya Sabha members. They have left now. They should answer what was the pressure or enticement for them,” Mehbooba said.

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