Accession Day celebrated with much fanfare across J&K for first time

BJYM activists taking out bike rally in Jammu (left) and BJP rally in Srinagar (right) to celebrate Accession Day on Monday. -Excelsior Pics by Rakesh & Shakeel
BJYM activists taking out bike rally in Jammu (left) and BJP rally in Srinagar (right) to celebrate Accession Day on Monday. -Excelsior Pics by Rakesh & Shakeel

All rotaries, chowks, historical places decorated, illuminated in Jammu

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Oct 26: J&K not only created a history of sorts for the first time after the independence of country in 1947 to celebrate the Accession Day with much fanfare and enthusiasm across the UT today but also observed the Day as a State holiday.
Taking out Tiranga rally by BJP activists at Jammu and Summer Capital Srinagar, holding public get-togethers, hoisting Tricolours at historical places and illuminating and garlanding the statute of last Dogra ruler, Maharaja Hari Singh and decorating and illuminating different places and rotaries in Jammu marked the celebrations of the day across the UT today.
Besides, BJP the day was also celebrated by Jammu Province Peoples Forum (JPPF), Jammu Central Mahajan Sabha, Shri Amar Kshatriya (Rajput) Sabha, Nai Soch Jammu, Team Trikuta Nagar, private educational institutions etc and various other social organizations in a befitting way.
A grand function was organised by BJP at Maharaja Hari Singh Park on the banks of river Tawi here in which hundreds of enthusiastic and jubilant party activists participated. The BJP activists while raising slogans said a 70 year old dream of the people of country was fulfilled by Narendra Modi Government by taking historical decisions of abrogating Articles 370 and 35 -A which were not only barriers in the progress and development of the erstwhile State but an obstacle in its total integration with India. They said the abrogation of the so-called special status paved the way for celebrating the (Vilay Diwas) Accession Day with much fan fare and enthusiasm by the people of J&K and declaration of public Holiday on this day.
They said the credit for this all goes to Prime Minister, Narendra Modi for translating the dream of lakhs of Praja Parishad, Bharatiya Janata Sangh (BJS) and BJP leaders and activists into reality who struggled for the same for decades together.
The BJP leaders and activists also illuminated and decorated the various rotaries and chowks including the statue of Maharaja Hari Singh at Tawi bridge in Jammu city and lit the candle lights in the evening to celebrate the day.
A bike rally was also organised by Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) to celebrate the Accession Day. The rally started from the Teachers’ Bhawan Gandhi Nagar and passed through main chowks of the city before culminating at Maharaja Hari Singh Park on banks of river Tawi. It was led by BJYM J&K president, Arun Dev Singh and BJP president Ravinder Raina also participated in the rally.
Another programme was organised by BJP Mahila Morcha at Pt Prem Nath Dogra Chowk where the glowing tributes were paid to Maharaja Hari Singh by Morcha president, Sanjita Dogra, former Minister Priya Sethi and other senior party leaders.
The BJP activists also hoisted the Tricolour at their roof tops in the morning in entire Jammu region.
At Hari Singh Park the function was chaired by BJP UT president, Ravinder Raina who congratulated people of country saying that the era of dejection is over now due to bold decision of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.
He said “Our ancestors have sacrificed their lives who faced atrocities through the hands of then Congress and NC Governments and we achieved the success after losing many precious lives”. He declared that BJP activists will not hesitate in shedding the last drop of their blood to protect the sanctity and glory of National Flag.
Raina also warned Pakistan and China and urged them to vacate the land of J&K which is under their forcible occupation as entire undivided J&K was acceded to Union of India by the great Maharaja of J&K. He accused the two countries of committing atrocities over the years on the people of J&K in these parts which are under their illegal occupation.
The BJP activists on the occasion took a solemn pledge that the party will not rest and stop till retrieving the Indian land which is under occupation of China and Pakistan.
The rally was also addressed by former Deputy CM and party president, Dr Nirmal Singh, who held former Prime Minister, Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru and former Chief Minister of J&K Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah for hatching the conspiracy that led to present mess in J&K. Both leaders were involved in the conspiracy to disrespect the Constitution of India.
Others BJP leaders who addressed included MP (LS) Jugal Kishore Sharma, MP Rajya Sabha, Shamsher Singh Manhas , former party presidents, Ashok Khajuria and Sat Sharma and former DyCM, Kavinder Gupta.
Jammu Provincial People’s Forum (JPPF) while complimenting the Government of India for granting the holiday on Accession Day, said that rhetoric criticism by Kashmir leaders of J&K Accession with India necessitated the need to celebrate the Day in a grand and befitting way.
The JJSF also organised a grand function at Maharaja Hari Singh statue on Tawi bridge. While talking to media persons, Pavitar Singh (retd) Session Judge and chief of the JPPF said that Maharaja Hari Singh who was a great visionary ruler deserves all praise for accession of the J&K to India.
A colorful function was also organized by Mahajan Sabha at Mahajan Bhawan at Shalamar road to celebrate the Day. The function was chaired by president of the Sabha Ramesh Chander Gupta who highly praised the Maharaja for the historical decision.
BJP Displaced District also held various programmes on the occasion. A function was organised by Pt Prem Nath Bhat Mandal of the party at Sharda Colony in which BJP general secretary (org) Ashok Kaul was the chief guest and Kashmiri Lal Advocate was the guest of honour. Function was organised by Nana Ji Raina, Mandal president while Chand Ji Bhat the president of the district and activists of various Mandals participated. On the occasion Kaul threw light on the historical role played by Maharaja who was instrumental in accession of undivided J&K with democratic India while Nehru and Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah made various blunders which led to prevailing crisis in J&K.
The Accession Day was also celebrated by BJP Displaced District at Durga Nagar, Jagti and other places.
The Day was jointly celebrated by Maharaja Hari Singh Vichar Manch Sainik Colony and Amar Kshatriya Rajput Sabha Jandrah with great pomp and show.
Accession Day was also celebrated at Kathua and other districts where floral tributes were paid to Maharaja Hari Singh by the speakers.
Abhijeet Jasrotia general secretary and chief spokesperson of Amar Kshatriya Sabha burnt flag & Constitution of erstwhile J&L. He said that in our country we won’t tolerate two flags..this is a strong message to Gupkar Gang who is befooling people of J&K that this Flag will be live once again. Abhijeet said that One who dies never comes back and its ghost was bothering many because dead body of erstwhile JK flag was still lying .but today after properly cremating we have closed the chapter”.
The Kashmir unit of BJP took out a ‘Tiranga’ rally in Srinagar to celebrate Accession Day today, with the party saying the participation of people in it was a “tight slap” on those making “seditious” statements in the Valley.
Scores of BJP leaders and workers assembled at the Tagore Hall Srinagar where a function was organised to celebrate the occasion. It commenced with garlanding the pictures of Maharaja Hari Singh, Bharat Mata and Maqbool Sherwani, who delayed the invasion of Pakistan-backed Tribesmen in Baramulla, a party spokesperson said.
He said it was followed by a ‘Tiranga’ rally, led by BJP general secretary and in-charge for Kashmir Vibodh Gupta, which began at the Tagore Hall and concluded at SKICC on the banks of the Dal lake.
Dozens of vehicles, with the tricolor hoisted on each of them, were part of the rally which passed through Gupkar Road and the activists raised slogans outside the residences of National Conference president Farooq Abdullah and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti there.
Speaking on the occasion, Gupta said the “overwhelming response” from the local people of Kashmir and “massive participation” in the Tiranga rally was “a tight slap on those so-called leaders of Kashmir who made seditious statements in the last few days”.
“This massive rally stands as a testimony to the fact that Gupkar Declaration leaders are living in fool’s paradise,” he said, referring to the Peoples’ Alliance for Gupkar Declaration – the unified group of several mainstream parties including NC and PDP.
The BJP leader said it was on this day in 1947 when the then ruler of J-K, Maharaja Hari Singh, signed the Instrument of Accession of J-K with the Union of India, and this day was an important landmark in the history.
Gupta said Maharaja Hari Singh’s dream of J-K was being envisioned by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and the mission of peace, prosperity and development in the valley was at its peak.
He called upon the youth of J-K to resolve on this historic day not to fall in the “trap of separatists” and “power-hungry” political parties including PDP and NC and commit themselves towards the cause of peace and prosperity.
Requesting India’s help to push back tribal invaders, Maharaja Hari Singh on October 26, 1947, signed the Instrument of Accession which was duly accepted and signed a day later by Lord Mountbatten, the then Governor General of India.
Meanwhile, Three people, claiming to be BJP workers from Kupwara district were on Monday detained while trying to hoist the tricolour at the historic Clock Tower near the city centre here, officials said.
Three people tried to hoist the tricolour at ‘Ghanta Ghar’ (clock tower) in the commercial hub of Lal Chowk here early Monday morning, the officials said.
They said the trio, claiming to be BJP workers from Kupwara district of North Kashmir, raised slogans of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ and in favour of the party and tried to hoist the Tricolour at the Clock Tower.
However, the police swung into action and took them into custody, they added.
Before being whisked away, one of the three said that he will hoist the Tricolour in every part of Kashmir.
“Tell this to Mehbooba Mufti that I will hoist the flag in every part of Kashmir,” he said, in reference to the PDP president’s recent statement that she will not hold the Tricolour till the flag of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir was restored.