Er Rasheed flays authorities for withdrawing permission to hoist state flag

President of the Awami Ithad Party (AIP) Er Rasheed on Friday castigated the authorities for withdrawing the permission to hoist state flag here.

In a statement Er Rasheed said, “It’s for the first time in past eight years the state flag could not be raised in Srinagar as administration withdrew the permission for the same at the eleventh hour.”

 “The sanctity and significance of state flag will be protected at any cost. The Central Government should respect the constitutional guarantees given to people of the state,” Er Rasheed said.

He asked the Government to come clean and answer why it had to withdraw the permission at the last movement and thus disallowed an event which has been taken place for the past seven years.

“By withdrawing the permission administration has shown disrespect towards the state flag. By using unconstitutional means successive governments cannot hide or distort historic facts. The significance of 7th June cannot be down played as on this day in 1952 constituent assembly passed a resolution and gave state its own flag and state song. It is unfortunate that from late Sheikh Sahab to Mehbooba Mufti, no Chief Minister ever took any concrete step to protect the sanctity of the state flag,” Er  Rasheed said.

He lashed out at NC and PDP for what he said, “making false promises to protect the special status of state.”  “Their silence on disrespect being shown towards the state flag by the administration has exposed their true face and they as usual are becoming part of the conspiracy against the special status of the state.”