Congress Demands Mehbooba Mufti’s Resignation Over ‘Flag’ Remarks
Mufti warned that “nobody will even carry the corpse of the national flag in Kashmir” if Article 370 is scrapped.
The Congress on Sunday demanded Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti's resignation over her flag remarks, saying no one has the right to insult the tricolour.
The party said she has hurt the sentiments of the people and asked the BJP to explain what kind of freedom is being advocated by their coalition partner (PDP) in the Jammu and Kashmir government and the chief minister.
"Congress has taken strong exception to the utterances of the chief minister. No one has the right to insult the national flag as great sacrifices and nation's honour is attached with it," state Congress unit's chief spokesperson Ravinder Sharma said.
Mehbooba has no right to quote the example of national flag in any form and has hurt nationalist sentiments by insulting it, whatsoever may be her reasoning or context.
At an event in New Delhi on Friday, Mehbooba had said:
Any tinkering with the article (35-A) won’t be acceptable. I won’t hesitate in saying that nobody will even carry the corpse of the national flag in Kashmir (if the article is scrapped). Let me make it very clear.
Sharma also hit out at the BJP and accused it of "surrendering their agenda (of alliance)" to remain in power in the state.
"We seek answers from the BJP over the statement and utterances of Mehbooba Mufti. She is even questioning the utility of NIA investigations as well as propagating her illogical and highly objectionable agenda," he said.
The BJP also expressed shock and surprise over Mufti’s remarks and asserted that Article 35-A of the Constitution which grants special status to the state is “not a sacred cow that cannot be touched”.
The state unit of the BJP said that while the party stands by the Agenda of Alliance with the PDP and won't seek alteration of existing constitutional position, "it is equally true that Article 35-A has done more harm to the state than any other provision of law".
Union minister Jitendra Singh said the tricolour is "sacrosanct" and termed the chief minister's remarks "shocking and ridiculous".
(With inputs from PTI.)
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