Jammu Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) chairman Harsh Dev Singh accused the BJP-PDP of indulging in tantrums with the objective of addressing their respective political constituencies.
Questioning the rationale behind issuance of the general administration department's (GAD) order mandating the use of state flag in all offices and buildings housing the constitutional authorities, Singh observed that the said provisions already existed in law.
He said that the Constitution of J&K besides other state laws explicitly and in very unambiguous terms provided for a separate state flag.
He said "J&K Prevention of Insult to the State Honour Act, 1979" further provides in Section 2 that whosoever brings into contempt the flag of the state or constitution or any part thereof, could be punished with imprisonment for a term which could extend upto three years.
Singh rubbished the claims of the saffron party that it has forced the withdrawal of the GAD circular, which in the BJP's perception was issued by the PDP-led government in furtherance of its agenda of strengthening Art 370.
Singh further lambasted the BJP-RSS combine for the map appeared in the 'Organiser', showing large parts of J&K in Pakistan.