Jammu, September 12, 2023:
After 76 years, Jammu and Kashmir observed the second anniversary holiday on the birth anniversary of Dogra monarch Maharaja Hari Singh on Saturday which was marked by cake-cutting and street celebrations in parts of the Jammu region.
The Lieutenant Governor’s (L-G) administration last year announced a holiday on the birth anniversary of the Maharaja, who signed the Instrument of Accession with India in 1947 and later shifted outside J&K in 1949 after the popular government saw a rise of Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah.
Several groups like All India Rajput Sabhas, Amar Kshatriya Rajput Sabha, All Biradria, Civil Societies from Jammu & Senior leaders of Jammu Region and activists of Jammu-based Yuva Rajput Sabha had been demanding holidays to acknowledge the work of the Maharaja for many years. (YRS) and BJP held street celebrations on Friday night. Leaders of different organisations & parties cut cakes in front of the statue installed in Jammu City. Sweets were distributed by the BJP in the Jammu city at mid-night: Narinder Singh said
“The holiday is a befitting tribute to the Maharaja. This is a day of joy for the Duggar society. All should celebrate it like Diwali,” BJP leader Narinder Singh said.
He also distributed Halwa and fettles as prashaad on the occasion. BJP activists raised slogans like “Maharaja Hari Singh Ji Amar Rahe” (Long live Maharaja) and “Jai Duggar Jai Dogra” (Victory to Duggar society).
“This is Maharaja’s 128th birth anniversary. Entire J&K has participated in the celebrations,” BJP State Executive Member & All India Bahu Rajput Sabha President Narinder Singh interacted with the media on the occasion.
Last year there was a Muted response from J&K regional parties
The L-G’s move to declare a holiday in J&K last year has neither been opposed nor welcomed by regional parties like the National Conference (NC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Meanwhile, the People of Chamb Constituency, Khour paid tributes to the Maharaja on the occasion at their home turfs. All Panches, Sarpanches, Corporators & Municipality Chairman along with Regional leaders & State leaders were presented there.
The place where this function was organised was renamed this park as Maharaja Hari Singh Park, Khour.