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Governor should intervene to honour Dogra sentiment: Harsh
9/1/2018 8:46:53 PM
Early Times Report

Jammu, Sept 1: Flaying the erstwhile BJP-PDP alliance for disregarding the sentiment of Jammu people with respect to announcement of September 23 as a State holiday to commemorate Maharaja Hari Singh's birthday, a strong contingent of Panther activists spearheaded by Harsh Dev Singh Chairman JKNPP and Yash Paul Kundal State President Young Panthers and other leaders staged a vociferous protest demonstration at Exhibition Ground Jammu. They raised slogans against BJP-PDP, NC-Congress Govts for their delay and deny tactics over the issue and appealed the Governor to honour the aspirations of Dogras over the subject. While addressing the media, Harsh Dev Singh described Maharaja Hari Singh as one of the greatest nationalists and Indian patriot who had challenged the British Crown in 1931 at Round Table Conference in London declaring that, "I am an Indian first and then a Maharaja". He said that the revered Maharaja shall always be remembered for showcasing his nationalistic ethos when he acceded the State of J&K to the Union of India by signing the historic Instrument of Accession of 26th October, 1947. He further maintained that Maharaja Hari Singh was the most progressive rule of princely India and declaration of his birthday as State holiday would be a befitting tribute to the legendary ruler which was long overdue. Regretting the opposition to the holiday in previous govt despite resolution to the effect having been passed in legislative council, Singh deplored in particular the cowardly posturing of BJP Ministers who failed to get the same implemented inspite of the said resolution having the backing of legislative authority. He lamented that the BJP Ministers who remained mum in cabinet meetings with regard to holiday issue on Maharaja birthday, were now trying to hoodwink the masses by their untimely Jangle and rattle after loss of power.
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