NEW DELHI: Majority of a Jammu & Kashmir high court bench on Friday, stayed its earlier controversial order allowing the state government to hoist the state flags on official vehicles and buildings alongside the national tricolor flags.
In its order on December 27th, 2015 the court said “It is our responsibility to respect the state flag. It connects our past with present and the future. Flag reminds us of the struggle and sacrifices of the people in the past, towards a peaceful state”.
“It has to be noted that Jammu & Kashmir is the only state in India, which has its own state flag adopted by the constituent assembly. Hence, the court is hereby directing the state administrations to hoist state flags alongside the national flags on all the official buildings”, it added.
However, the order has been criticized by the Indian nationals. BJP leader and also the deputy chief minister of the Jammu & Kashmir’s coalition government Mr Nirmal Singh objected the move by the high court and questioned the use of the state flag.
Mr Singh said that no flag can be hoisted alongside the National flag and that the issue will be dealt legally.
On the other hand, the opposition National Conference and other political parties have criticized the ruling PDP-led regime in the state saying that the government was supporting the BJP’s initiative of trying to impose a nationalist agenda on a state which has special status.
The opposition had also criticized Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed of surrendering to its coalition partner (BJP) in a bid to remain in power.
As per the Indian constitution, Jammu and Kashmir has been given a special status which allows for various relaxations in its accountability as a state to the Indian Union. Jammu and Kashmir had its own constitution governing the state, unlike the other states of the Indian Union.