RAJOURI, Sept 30: Floral tributes were paid to former Minister and 5-times MLA, Chowdhary Mohammad Hussain at his native village Tralla in Rajouri, where a large number of people assembled on his 16th death anniversary.
Father of Ch Zulfkar Ali, Member Legislative Assembly Darhal and former Minister besides various other dignitaries of the state and Pir Panjal region were present in the `Dua Majlis’ organized at native place of former minister.
It is pertinent to mention here that Ch Mohd Hussain left this world on Sept 30, 2002 when he was Minister in Farooq Abdullah Government. He remained 5 times MLA and played vital role in establishment of district for Rajouri in 1968. Known for his qualities of crusader against castism and a reason of bridging gap of communal divide, he left no stone unturned to change the fate of downtrodden section of the society for which he will be remembered all time.
‘Quran Khawani’ was held on the occasion. People of the area paid rich tributes to the departed leader. Speakers highlighted the contribution of Ch Mohd Hussain. He joined politics on the advise of people who wanted to see him representative in J&K Assembly. He fought first election in 1967 and won it and after that he remained MLA for five- times and also worked as Minister in Farooq Government.
People highlighted his contribution saying that he was founder of district in Rajouri. They said that when Ch Hussain took over as MLA, he launched campaign to get justice for Rajouri. They added that before Dogra rule, Rajouri was part of Bimber tehsil and after 1904 it was annexed to Reasi. There was great injustice with the people of Rajouri who used to travel to either Bimber or Reasi to get their problems resolved. They added that the campaign of Ch Mohd Hussain gave results in 1968 when on January 1, 1968 Rajouri was given independent district status by J&K Government.
They said although Ch Hussain belonged from a Gujjar community, yet he raised voice for all and get their problems redressed in the Assembly.
Former Minister Ch Zulfkar Ali also highlighted great contributions of his father in helping downtrodden community. He said that his father worked hard and played vital role in uplifting these communities and provide justice to them. On the occasion, his other sons- Shafiq Chowdhary and Showkat Chowdhary were also present.