Tricolour national flag should be unfurled at Lal Chowk : Dr. Subramanian Swamy

published on January 24, 2011

Statement of Dr. Subramanian Swamy, former Union Law &Justice Minister and President of the Janata Party made on 23/1/11

The UPA government is duty bound under the Transaction of Business Rules framed under the Constitution, to officially unfurl the tricolour national flag at Lal Chowk in Srinagar, J&K. A Resolution to this effect was adopted by the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs in January first week or thereabouts in 1991 when Chandrashekhar was Prime Minister and I was Cabinet Minister of Law &Justice besides of Commerce.

As a senior Minister and member of CCPA, I had raised the issue in the CCPA because the V.P. Singh government had considered the matter and decided to discontinue the practice of unfurling the flag in Lal Chowk in 1990 as ‘it might hurt the feelings of the people of the state’.

After hearing the Service chiefs, the Intelligence Chiefs, and the Cabinet Secretary, Chandrashekhar agreed with me and directed that it be resolved that the government unfurl the flag and the army defend it if there was any problem. The then CM, Farooq Abdullah later concurred and cooperated in ensuring a peaceful unfurling of the tricolour national flag on January 26, 1991.

Lal Chowk is a historic place and not some ‘bazaar area’ as the present CM blandly and ignorantly states. I demand therefore that on January 26ththe flag be unfurled, and if the State government does not cooperate in the unfurling, then President’ss Rule be declared in the state, and the army be handed the administration of the state.

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