JAMMU, Sept 21: Many organisations here today have demanded a holiday on the birth anniversary of last Dogra ruler of J&K—Maharaja Hari Singh.
After paying tributes to the last Dogra ruler of J&K—Maharaja Hari Singh, former MLC, Vikramaditya Singh has urged the Governor, Satya Pal Malik to declare his (Hari Singh’s) birthday on September 23 as a public holiday as a mark of respect to the Dogra ruler.
He also said that the J&K Legislative Council had also unanimously passed a resolution to this effect in February 2017 and in July 2018 the then Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh was also apprised of this long standing public demand.
In a handout Vikramaditya Singh stated that Maharaja Hari Singh was a benevolent ruler and lived by his principle of justice and had set up several key institutions for the service of his people.
Yuva Rajput Sabha leader, Surinder Singh Gilli in a press conference said that a grand rally will be organized on September 23 to mark the 125th birthday of Maharaja Hari Singh wherein tributes will be paid to the last Dogra ruler for his contributions to the society of J&K State.
Gilli also said that a holiday on September 23 would be a befitting tribute to the legendary ruler.
He appealed to all the Sabhas, societies & general public to take part in the rally which will start from MD Resorts Ban Talab to Maharaja Hari Singh Statue via New Plot, Amphalla, Parade, Indira Chowk etc.
Urging upon the visiting Defence Minister, Raj Nath Singh to announce holiday on 23rd September, the birthday of Maharaja Hari Singh, Harsh Dev Singh JKNPP Chairman expressed hope that the Union Minister would not disappoint the people of Jammu region over the issue.
He also said that it was ironic that July 13 is being observed as a State holiday even under central rule but September 23rd was ignored thus disregarding the monumental contributions of the Maharaja who gave millions of nationalist people of the State the greatest satisfaction of calling themselves as proud Indians.
Reiterating the demand to declare Maharaja Hari Singh’s birth anniversary as public holiday, NPP President Balwant Singh Mankotia urged the Central Government and Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Satya Pal Malik to declare 23 September as a holiday.
In a press conference, Mankotia asserted that it was due to the State’s erstwhile ruler that J&K became a part of India.