|Early Times Report|
Srinagar, Dec 14: In an embarrassment for the ruling BJP, the Mehbooba Mufti led government has refused to declare holiday on the birth anniversary of late Maharaja Hari Singh.
The BJP has been demanding that state holiday should be declared on the birth anniversary of late Dogra ruler of the state, Maharaja Hari Singh, which falls on September 23.
However, the government on Thursday issued an order of holidays which will be observed in 2018.
"In exercise of the powers conferred by the explanation of Section 25 of Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881 (Central Act 26 of 1881) read with the Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs Notification No. 20/25/56/pub-Ist dated 30.11.1957, the Government of Jammu and Kashmir hereby declares the days to be public holidays during the calendar year -2018," the order says.
These holidays will be observed under the Negotiable instruments Act:
As per the order, there will be 25 holidays observed in 2018 including the birthday of National Conference founder Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah on December 25, and holiday on martyrs day on July 13, which the BJP has been demanding should be scrapped.
However, there is no mention of September 23, the birth anniversary of Maharaja Hari Singh.
A BJP leader said that Vikramaditya Singh resignation from the PDP has put the BJP in a tight spot. He had resigned against the government's failure in declaring holiday on his grandfather Maharaja Hari Singh's birthday. "This is a major blow for the BJP," he said.
The BJP leader said the party has raised this issue as there is anger against the party leaders in Jammu region for failing to declare holiday on the birth anniversary of late Dogra ruler of the state, Maharaja Hari Singh.