The publication of a map in RSS mouthpiece Organiser, which showed large parts of Jammu & Kashmir in Pakistan, caused an uproar in the Maharashtra Legislative Council on Friday, with Opposition members demanding an immediate explanation from the government.
Kapil Patil, a member from the Lokbharati Party, raised the issue, asking for the entire agenda for the day to be set aside to first discuss this issue, while Congress and NCP members backing the demand.
NCP MLC Hemant Takle said, “On one hand, the political situation in Jammu & Kashmir is unfolding with the BJP having joined hands with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). It’s a good thing. But when the organization in whose guidance the ruling party is rooted publishes such a map showing Kashmir valley as a part of Pakistan, it is a very serious issue.”
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BJP MLA Girish Bapat conceded it was a grave error. “The editor of the publication has already apologised for publishing the wrong and inaccurate map, which has been replaced with the correct one. We accept it was a mistake. Jammu & Kashmir is a very important part of India.”
Opposition members were, however, not satisfied with the reply, with several walking out of the House in protest.
Prakash Binsale, pro-tem chairman, asked BJP leaders to offer a more detailed and satisfactory explanation on the next working day of the House.