End Darbar move practice: BJP

Srinagar: The Bhartiya Janta Party Tuesday called for abandoning the pre-Independence, bi-annual practice of ‘darbar move’, under which the Jammu and Kashmir government functions six months each in the two capitals — Srinagar and Jammu, news agency PTI reported.

The stand of the BJP, a ruling coalition partner in Jammu and Kashmir, may trigger a major controversy in the state, the report said.

State government offices started functioning from the state’s summer capital Srinagar from Monday after shifting from the winter capital Jammu.

The Raj Bhavan, Civil Secretariat and other offices closed in Jammu on April 28 and reopened in Srinagar.

“The practice of ‘darbar move’ should be abandoned. There should be a bifurcation of the state offices,” state BJP spokesperson Virender Gupta was quoted as saying.

 His statement was endorsed by Assembly Speaker Kavinder Gupta who said the practice costs the state exchequers heavily, the report added.

He suggested that the secretariat, directorates and offices of corporations should remain operational in Jammu as well as in Srinagar.

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