Jugal, others remember martyrs of Praja Parishad agitation

Excelsior Correspondent

Jugal Kishore Sharma addressing a gathering at Jourian on Friday.
Jugal Kishore Sharma addressing a gathering at Jourian on Friday.

JAMMU, Jan 31: To pay  homage to the martyrs of historic 1952-53 Praja Parishad agitation which gave slogan of Ek Vidhan, Ek Nishan, Ek Pradhan, BJP Akhnoor district organized a programme at Samadhi Sthal of the martyrs in Jourian town 40 kilometres form here today.
Party State president Jugal Kishore Sharma, along with Leader of Legislative Party Ashok Khajuria, National Executive Member Shamsher Singh Manhas, district president Daljit Singh Chib, Kissan Morcha State president Karan Singh, senior SC leader Chaman Lal Kanathia and other local leaders laid wreaths at the Sthal and paid rich tributes to the martyrs who laid down their lives for the national cause.
Mr Sharma, recalling the supreme sacrifices of these martyrs, said that they had participated in a people’s movement for the noble cause as they wanted to see the free flow of democratic secular Indian Constitution and abolition of separate symbols of the State which were the legacies of political and military intrigues of 1947 orginating from what is now Pakistan.
He said that their pledge to see the triumphant hoisting of tri-colour was unshakeable and did not deviate from this path of struggle despite odds, atrocities and bullets of the then Kashmir Centric State Government. He added that fact remains that every and each family from every nook and corner of the Jammu region has somehow contributed to this progressive integrative struggle in the state by sacrifices, internment and by joining belt forces.
Ashok Khajuira said that the Jammu province has a history of being land of brave Dogras, who have always been in forefront to defeat all such forces which induce a sense of separatism and promote communalism. He said that the real tribute to these martyrs will be to pledge to work the fulfillment of incomplete mission of getting separate constitution and separate flag abolished and attain the full integration of the state with the rest of the country.
Shamsher Singh Manhas said that it was not only these martyrs but thousands of other patriotic people in entire belt from Lakhanpur to Poonch also came out voluntarily against the separate symbols of the State and their struggle forced the government to allow the hoisting of Tri-Colour in the State.