Jammu: The flag representing erstwhile state Jammu and Kashmir on the vehicle of Farooq Abdullah has sparked controversy on Wednesday.
As per reports, the Jammu and Kashmir former Chief Minister and National Conference President, Farooq Abdullah arrived in parliament on Wednesday with flag of erstwhile state J&K on his car.
The Jammu and Kashmir was only state across country which was permitted to have its own flag, which was red in colour with three equidistant white vertical strips and a white plough under the provision of Article 370.
The flag was adopted by state constituent assembly on June 7, 1952, The three stripes represented the state’s three regions of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh.
Following the centre’s move on August 5, 2019 to abrogate special status of J&K, the flag was removed from all government buildings including secretariate on October 31 when the law bifurcating Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh — will come into effect.
“This is a symbolic gesture, but it’s a heartwarming gesture, and I believe and feel it should become reality soon because the people of Jammu and Kashmir are fed up with governance since they lost their special status,” said an activist, Majid Hyderi to Tv channel adding that it is a good beginning and it should be carried forward to its logical conclusion.
On the other hand, Amit Raina, Spokesperson of Roots of Kashmir, says, “The action of Farooq Abdullah to right to parliament with an erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir state flag is an insult to the people of the country.”