SRINAGAR: Criticising government for declaring a three day state mourning over the demise of Dr Sonam Lonpo, Awami Itihad Party (AIP) president and MLA Langate Er Rasheed on Wednesday sought explanation over the logic behind the decision.
A statement issued here said that Rasheed while talking to media on the sidelines of condolence meeting held in Budgam to pay tributes to prominent religious scholar Aga Syed Mohammed Fazlullah, said, “While Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) has insulted the state flag by taking an extra constitutional step with the full blessings of New Delhi and replaced the state flag with its own flag, what is the fun to declare three day state mourning and announcing that state flag will fly half-mast for three days as a mark of respect to Lonpo.”
“We all express our sympathies with the family of deceased leader but it is unacceptable that while LAHDC has never owned the state flag and always insulted it, the state government has announced three day state mourning.”
AIP president said even declaring holiday in the entire state carries no sense and it should have been restricted to Ladakh region only. “There had been no precedence to observe three day state mourning when any cabinet minister died when in office. As such, breaking the tradition smells something fishy,” he said.
“It seems New Delhi is simply trying to dictate everything to Mehbooba Mufti government only for the reason it wants to even influence the psyche and mindset of the people of J&K to the extent that the unique identity of the State becomes irrelevant and looses significance.”