BJP pays tributes to Bikram Singh, other martyrs

BJP leaders garlanding statue of General Bikram Singh at Jammu on Friday.
BJP leaders garlanding statue of General Bikram Singh at Jammu on Friday.

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Aug 14: The fortnight is being celebrated by BJP from August 5 to August 20 on completion of one year of removal of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir, under which a program was organized by district Jammu under the chairmanship of BJP district president, Jammu, Vinay Gupta.  Ashok Kaul BJP general secretary, (Org) Jugal Kishore Sharma, Member Parliament, Vikram Randhawa , Priya Sethi, Charanjeet Khalsa, Abeam Gupta, Yudhvir Sethi, Anuradha Charak, Arvind Gupta including  Rekha Mahajan, Anju Dogra, Kuldeep Kandhari, Parveen Kerni, Neeraj  Lucky Puri, Bharat Bhushan Sharma and district office bearers and Mandal office  bearers were present. They paid tributes to Paramveer General Bikram Singh and garlanded his statue at Bikram Chowk, here and also recalled the sacrifices of other martyrs.
Ashok Koul, while speaking on the occasion said that the abrogation of Article-370 is a historical event. It is on this day of 5th August 2019 that the shackles of a Constitutional fraud committed with this nation were consigned to the dustbins of history. He said that it was Article-370 that sowed the seeds of secessionism and separatism in J&K leading to cross border terrorism. The State had to suffer untold miseries on account of this Article and as result it lagged behind in the overall development. Now the people of J&K have the opportunity to rise and be a partner in the growth story of India.
Jugal Kishore, MP said that Article-370 was particularly discriminatory towards a large section of the population like the West Pakistan Refugees, Valmiki Samaj, Gorkha Samaj and also women married with non State subjects. All these important sections of the population were denied the citizenship rights and as result suffered because they could not buy properties or apply for the State Government jobs besides could not exercise their franchise. The decision of the Modi Government to remove this Article, lock stock and barrel has liberated all these nationalist people and made them equal partners in the developmental process of J&K.
Vinay K. Gupta president BJP district Jammu said “We are celebrating Pakhwara from 5th of August to 20th August and on August 15 our programmes are of National Flag hoisting and on 16th, 17th August the programme of Swach Bharat Abhiyaan will be held, on 18th August programme of food distribution in old age home will be organised while on August 19 a programme will be held at Kushth Ashram and Bal Ashram. He also proposed the vote of thanks.