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Holiday on September 23: Only Ajatshatru Singh, Yuva Rajput deserve credit
9/23/2022 11:01:03 PM

Early Times Report

Jammu, Sept 23: After the declaration of a public holiday on the birth anniversary of Maharaja Hari Singh there is a race among political and social organizations to take credit for this historic decision.
Although people of the Jammu region was struggling since long for this demand, the first practical and concrete initiative was taken by Ajatshtru Singh, grandson of Maharaja Hari Singh, when he moved a resolution in the Legislative Council on January 24, 2017, during PDP-BJP regime.
The historic resolution was unanimously passed in the Upper House of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir. The historic resolution of Ajatshatru Singh laid a strong foundation for vociferously raising this demand.
Ajatshatru’s elder brother, Vikramaditya Singh who was in PDP and also a member of the Legislative Council, half-heartedly supported his younger brother because he was ready not to allow Ajatshastru to take credit.
Vikramaditya Singh was very close to the PDP’s ideologue and former Finance Minister Dr. Haseeb Drabu but he could not muster the guts to convince his PDP colleagues to support the demand of declaring a holiday on the birth anniversary of Maharaja Hari Singh.
Apart from Ajatshatru Singh, activists of Yuva Rajput Sabha have reasons to take credit fo this historic decision because they have been struggling
• On September 19, 2022, the General Administrative Department of the J&K Government issued an official order to declare September 23 as a public day.
• On September 15, 2022, LG Manoj Sinha announced to declare holiday on the birth anniversary of Maharaja Hari Singh.
• The JMC had unanimously passed a resolution on July 18, 2019. The resolution was already forwarded to the Governor’s administration.
• The Jammu-Kashmir Legislative Council had also passed a resolution moved by Ajatshatru Singh on January 24, 2017, to declare a holiday on September 23.
• On January 25, 2017, BJP had promised to fulfil this demand to respect sentiments of people.
or this demand since long. Braving all odds this group of energetic youth continued their struggle and ultimately they achieved their target.
On September 15 the Jammu and Kashmir Government decided to declare Maharaja Hari Singh’s birth anniversary a public holiday.
The announcement was made by Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha following his meeting with a delegation comprising of prominent political leaders, members of the Yuva Rajput Sabha, civil society members, including the head of J&K transport union, at the Raj Bhavan on that day. A formal notification was issued on September 19.
On January 9, 2022, representatives of Yuva Rajput Sabha called on the Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha at Raj Bhawan.
The delegation discussed their long-pending demand for the declaration of a holiday on the birth anniversary of Maharaja Hari Singh Ji on 23rd September.
The Lieutenant Governor gave a patient hearing to the delegation and immediately issued directions for the constitution of a Committee at the Government level over the said issue.
The general house of JMC, comprising Mayor, Deputy Mayor and all elected councillors, its meeting on July 17 this 2019, had unanimously resolved “to honour the sentiments of the public by accepting the long-pending demand of Jammu people to declare a holiday on the birthday of late Maharaja Hari Singh.”
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