Sunday, February 27, 2011

Ladakh council adopts new emblem replacing J-K logo - Hindustan Times

Ladakh council adopts new emblem replacing J-K logo - Hindustan Times

Ladakh council adopts new emblem replacing J-K logo
Press Trust Of India
Leh, February 27, 2011

The Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) has decided to adopt an insignia similar to the national emblem by replacing the Jammu and Kashmir's logo, drawing a sharp reaction from PDP

which said it was "unfortunate". In a unanimous resolution in this regard passed last week, the council

adopted the symbol with the Ashoka Pillar which almost resembles the national emblem.

An LAHDC councillor said the decision was taken so as to give the emblem a more national look. Jammu and Kashmir has its own flag and emblem.

The councillor said the inclusion of the new logo will help in promoting the hill council as a unique political dispensation for the people of Ladakh.

Reacting to the issue, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said his government will take a decision after examining the matter.

"We are examining the issue. After all, it is a local municipality. Even the Srinagar municipality has a different emblem. We will examine the manner and take a decision," Omar told PTI.

Opposition Peoples Democratic party (PDP) termed the move to discard the state emblem by LAHDC as "unfortunate".

"PDP will fight any attempt to dilute the special status of Jammu and Kashmir under the Constitution. Leh is part of the state. The emblem controversy is unfortunate," PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said.

She claimed ruling National Conference has bartered away all the state's financial resources and institutions and there was need "to protect the unique identity of the state".

Mehbooba also said the PDP is fully behind the Private Member's bill planned to be tabled by party MLA from Bandipora Nizamuddin Bhat for hoisting the state flag alongside the tricolour.

The 32-member LAHDC also passed a resolution for inclusion of Bodhi language in the Eight Schedule of the Constitution without any opposition.

Yogi 16 minutes ago

How ironic! The Kashmiri politicians don't tire of whining and haranguing about 'self-determination' for themselves! Obviously their love for self-determination does not extend to anyone beyond themselves, and when the Ladakhis are beginning to exercise their own free will these very politicians have resorted to whining again!

Bhat 13 hours ago

About time. Ladakh was forcibly joined to Jammu & Kashmir during British/Dogra days. It is totally distinct from both Kashmir and Jammu. It is best for it to become a separate state and this is the first step towards that. Jammu should also be separate from Kashmir. Both Ladakh and Jammu have suffered negatively due to the tensions in Kashmir Valley. It was a silly union in the first place by the British/Dogras which brought these 3 totally different people together into one state.

sid 13 hours ago

Heads UP to Ladakh council, Ladakh has a separate identity and Kasmiri nuts cannot hijack that from Ladakh. Well done Ladakh.

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