'JK Cong leadership not invited to official I-Day functions'

J&K Congress on Saturday accused the Union Territory administration of not inviting the party’s top leaders to attend official I-Day functions.

“It is unfortunate that the UT administration did not extend any invitation to the JKPCC leadership, including President G A Mir and other top functionaries in Srinagar and Jammu, for the flag hoisting and at home functions,” said party’s Chief Spokesperson Ravinder Sharma, in a statement here. He said a few former ministers and legislators, however, were invited to some functions in their individual capacity.

He said the Congress held I-Day celebrations in Srinagar and Jammu party headquarters besides all district and block offices.

He said Mir, who was in Verinag area of Anantnag, was not permitted to proceed to Srinagar party headquarters for flag hoisting due to security reasons. “Other senior leaders attended the function in Srinagar party office, where Srinagar district President Abdul Gani Khan unfurled the tri-color.”

Senior Vice President Raman Bhalla hoisted the tri-color outside the party headquarters in Jammu in presence of senior party leaders.

“It is highly unfortunate that no invitations were extended to the senior functionaries of the party in Jammu and Srinagar, as per the past practice of more than seven decades to send invitations to the President and other prominent functionaries through party headquarters, for the functions,” he said. He said this kind of “serious lapse” for the I-Day function by the administration was most “unfortunate and highly regrettable” which should be looked into by the Lt Governor.