Hours earlier than he took oath because the tenth chief minister of Uttarakhand, Pushkar Singh Dhami triggered a political slugfest on Sunday over a 2015 social media publish during which he shared a picture of “Akhand Bharat” that allegedly confirmed misrepresented elements of the present-day map.
The map, posted on Twitter on August 14, 2015, purportedly confirmed “Akhand Bharat (undivided India)” leaving out elements of Ladakh and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) . The publish triggered sharp responses from opposition events Congress and the Aam Aadmi Occasion, which sought motion in opposition to the 45-year-old chief.
Suryakant Dhasmana, Congress vice-president for the Uttarakhand unit, mentioned it was shocking that the Bharatiya Janata Occasion (BJP) authorities didn’t take any motion in opposition to Dhami. “As an alternative, they’ve made him the CM. Even the previous two CMs have given controversial statements throughout their tenures, inviting flak not solely from Congress however individuals generally. We anticipate CMs to speak about points of individuals, on unemployment, on worth hike, not simply make controversial statements or tweets.”
Misrepresentation of the Indian map lately landed Twitter in hassle, when a world map underneath the careers sections of the corporate’s web page titled Tweep Life, confirmed the disputed Aksai Chin space of Ladakh, illegally occupied by China, as a part of that nation and depicted the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir as a separate entity.
Two police circumstances had been filed in opposition to Twitter for carrying the distorted model on its web site. In October final yr, the Centre served Twitter with a discover over the geotag for Leh, exhibiting it as part of China.
The AAP’s state unit president SS Kaler, too, referred to as for motion in opposition to Dhami, saying: “Whether or not an individual is a standard man or a VIP, the legislation must be the identical for all residents. How can a BJP chief himself present the map of India with out Ladakh and Pakistan Occupied Kashmir?…”
The BJP, nonetheless, launched a counter-attack and sought the Congress’s stand on the revocation of J&Okay’s particular standing. “It’s the BJP authorities that revoked Article 370 and built-in Kashmir with the remainder of India… I need to ask Congress what has been their stand on Article 370, what they’ve performed for the mixing of the nation, ” mentioned state BJP spokesperson Devendra Bhasin.