The state map of Jammu and Kashmir (Representative Image)(Source: Others) Photograph: (Others)
India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has demanded an FIR against the Congress for releasing a booklet with a map of Jammu and Kashmir shown as ‘Indian Occupied Kashmir’.
Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad released the booklet at a press conference in Lucknow, which has since drawn a lot of criticism from the BJP.
The BJP spokesperson Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga initiated the investigation under various laws including Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Prevention on Insults of National Honour Act, or any other law deemed applicable and appropriate on Monday, according to a report on ANI.
Bagga stressed that the map is derogatory to the spirit of Constitution of India and also offending and insulting to the emotions of the general public.
Congress leader Ajay Maken said it was a "printing error" but admitted that it was his party's responsibility to ensure that such a mistake was not allowed.
"This is a printing error. However, we should have taken caution, we have committed a grave mistake, and we will ensure that such type of errors is not repeated," Congress leader Ajay Makan told ANI.
Congress, however, claimed the BJP had released a similar map on its website but never admitted to the mistake.
"But the difference between Congress and the BJP is that we apologise for our mistake immediately. In 2014, the BJP displayed the map with the same error on their website. Till now they have not apologised," Makan said.