On the occasion of Accession Day of Jammu and Kashmir to India, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) organised a function before the statue of Maharaja Hari Singh. The National Flag was hoisted and wreaths were garlanded on the statue of the Maharaja to celebrate the day.
Leader of legislative party Ashok Khajuria said that the wise decision taken by Maharaja Hari Singh to accede to India at the time of partition displayed his patriotism and each one of us needs to salute him. He said that the day should be celebrated as a festival and each one of us must take pledge to fight all such forces which want to take this state away from India.
He said that the role of the then RSS chief Guru Golwalkar was appreciable as he also made efforts in convincing the Maharaja to accede to India as it was the only option to ensure safety and security of the people in the state. He said that the day carries significance as it reminds of the sacrifices of the Dogras also, who stood like a rock against all odds.
BJP state spokesperson Sunil Sethi said that there was no pre-condition and the document signed by the Maharaja was same as was signed by other princely states across the country. He said those who question the finality of the accession, are misleading the people.
Sethi added that Hari Singh, as the ruler of the state, initiated various schemes and measures for the welfare and uplift of the people as he had concern for their well-being. Such a great Maharaja deserves respect and honour and the same can be showered on him by declaring the Accession Day as holiday.
The BJP leaders also remembered the valour and martyrdom of Dogra soldier Brigadier Rajinder Singh.