|Early Times Report|
Jammu, Nov 17: An impressive function was held here today at Brahamin Sabha Prade Ground Jammu to celebrate the 87th Birth Anniversary of Former Dy. Chief Minister of J&K and veteran Congress leader Pt. Managat Ram Sharma.
The function was attended by several prominent leaders of Congress and different political & Social organizations besides members of Civil Society, prominent citizens, his admirers & large number of activists of Congress party. The function was organized under the aegis of Pt. Mangat Ram Sharma Fan Club in which PCC Chief & Former Minister G.A. Mir was the Chief Guest while President Brahmin Pratinidhi Sabha Ved Sharma presided. Prominent leaders and representatives who paid floral tributes include former ministers Gulchain Singh Charak (President Dogra Sadar Sabha), Shri Raman Bhalla, Jugal Kishore Sharma, Dr. Manohar Lal Sharma, Ch. Gharu Ram; Ex-legislators Prakash Sharma, Th. Balwan Singh, Ravinder Sharma, Shiv Dev Singh, Balbir Singh, G.L. Chalotra, Indu Pawar, Krishan Chander Bhagat, Kanta Bhan (Vice President PCC), Co-treasurer PCC Rajnish Sharma, General Secretaries Manmohan Singh, Ch. Shah Mohd, DCC President Jammu Vikram Malhotra and Rajesh Sharma- Convenor of Pt. Mangat Ram Sharma Fan Club.
Prominent Members of Civil Society who were present on the occasion include, Padam Shree S.P. Verma, Senior Advocates & Former Presidents of Bar Association Jammu, B.S. Slathia and M.K. Bhardwaj, B.D. Sharma (IAS Rtd.), Dr. S.K. Gupta, Mukherjeet Sharma (IFS Retd.), Dr. Kamal Saini (IGP Rtd.) Aslem Qureshi, D.K. Sharma, Sansar Chand Verma, Satish Sawhney, S.N. Sharma, Mohd Gayamdin, Kuldeep Khajuria.
The speakers described Pt. Mangat Ram Sharma as one of great political figure of Jammu and Kashmir who was liked & admired by people of different walks of life and ideologies because of qualities of leadership coupled with humility and humour apart from care and concern for the poor and down trodden.
Recalling his contribution to the party and the people of the state G.A. Mir regretted that the state he served in different capacities has been disbanded arbitrarily and a lot of struggle needs to be carried out to get it its due place as statehood with some constitutional guarantee if the right struggle for remedial measures are not taken.