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BJP cheated people over holiday on Sep 23, restoration of statehood: Harsh Dev
JKNPP welcomes Union Ministers in J&K with black flags
9/21/2021 11:08:54 PM
Early Times Report
JAMMU, Sept 21: Agitated over BJP government for ignoring the most cherished aspirations of people with respect to declaration of September 23rd as a State holiday to commemorate Maharaja Hari Singh's birthday besides restoration of Statehood to J&K, the Panthers activists holding black flags staged a protest demonstration against union government for showing disregard to the sentiments of the Dogras. The infuriated protesters spearheaded by Harsh Dev Singh, Chairman-JKNPP and Yash Paul Kundal, General Secretary-NPP & Ex-Minister waved black flags to welcome the visiting Union Ministers while raising anti-govt slogans. Meanwhile, the NPP leaders had scuffle with the deployed contingent of J&K police which had raised huge barricades to restrain the protesters from marching further.
While addressing the media, Harsh Dev Singh questioned the double standards of BJP which endorsed the demand of the Jammu people for holiday on 23rd September while in opposition but refused to act over the same after ascending the throne of power. 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 wondered that holiday on Maharaja's Birthday was denied by so called nationalist party despite the late Dogra ruler's colossal contributions having made millions of nationalist people of the State to call themselves as proud Indians.
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 servile posturing of the then BJP Ministers who failed to get the same implemented while in power. "Why did the BJP Ministers remained tight lipped in cabinet meetings with regard to holiday issue on Maharaja's birthday? And why did they remain as mute spectators when one of the Kashmir based MLAs blatantly dared to use derogatory and foul parlance against the Dogra ruler inside the Assembly?", Harsh questioned. He said BJP will have to answer all these questions before the peoples' court.
Reiterating the demand of restoration of Statehood to J&K, Harsh Dev and Yash Paul Kundal said that on 5th Aug 2019, the BJP led govt at the centre had caused the greatest embitterment in the hearts and minds of the people by denigrating the status of statehood to a Union Territory.
Kundal said that if a huge battalion of 70 central Ministers comprising almost the entire union cabinet could not fulfill demands of the Nationalist people, they had no right to approach the people during elections for votes. Panthers Party along with every sect of the society will launch mass movement in the days to come until the cherished aspirations of the people were addressed and fulfilled by the govt, asserted Kundal.
Prominent among those who spoke on the occasion included Rajesh Padgotra, Gagan Pratap Singh, Parshotam Parihar, Surinder Chouhan, Ravinder Jamwal, Khatib Hussain besides others.
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