ANANTNAG: MLA Langate and Awami Ittihaad Party chief Er Rasheed Tuesday unfurled the state flag in Anantnag for the third consecutive year.
Speaking on the occasion, Rasheed said that the state flag of Jammu and Kashmir should be hoisted across the state to “defeat colonial designs of New Delhi and promote Kashmiri patriotism”.
Rasheed said, “his move should send a message to the supporters of BJP leader Shyama Prasad Mukherjee who have been raising slogans of Ek Nishan Ek Vidhan.” “We have got the state flag after the Delhi Agreement. The flag represents the sentiments of Kashmiris. We have fought for it. We will not allow anyone to play with the sanctity of this flag,” Rasheed told the audience who had gathered to witness the hoisting of flag in Wazeer Bagh.
Lashing out at CM Ms Mehbooba Mufti, Rasheed alleged PDP being the B-Team of right wing saffron party, RSS. “Main Mehbooba ko Nagpur ki Nagin nahi banney doonga,” he added. Rasheed said that the Union government should restore the 1952 Delhi Agreement in letter and spirit and demanded that June 7 be declared as the state flag day. “Kashmiris will not rest unless 1952 Delhi Agreement is restored and respected by New Delhi in letter and spirit…,” he said.
Asserting that “J&K flag is as important as the flag of India”, Rasheed said, “We need to safeguard the same till the freedom of Kashmir.”
Rasheed demanded that the government should declare June 7 as state holiday and hoist flag on all the government premises, including Kashmir house in Delhi.