On the occasion of 129th birth anniversary of Sher-e-Duggar and former national president of Bharatiya Jana Sangh late Pt Prem Nath Dogra, the BJP organised a programme at Dogra Chowk, where a havan was performed, followed by garlanding of the statue of Dogra.
BJP MLA Ashok Khajuria, while remembering the struggle of Prem Nath Dogra, said this great son of Duggar soil was the torchbearer of the voice of common and nationalist people in the state who always stood like a rock against the Kashmir-centric and separatist tendencies and worked to unite the people agitating for full integration of the state with the rest of the country.
Commenting on Rahul Gandhi's statement of threat to his life, Khajuria said Rahul is trying to escape the wrath of the suffering people by making such emotional statements.
He said people are well aware that his grandmother Indira Gandhi was a dictator who imposed emergency in the country and put thousands of nationalist people in jails for months together.
He said Rahul's father Rajiv Gandhi, after taking over as prime minister, did not take any effective steps to control the situation during the 1984 Delhi riots as a result of which thousands of innocent Sikhs were murdered at the behest of some Congress leaders.
Former state president Nirmal Singh said Prem Nath gave a new direction to 'Ek Vidhaan, Ek, Nishaan, Ek Pradhaan' agitation and played a very important role in uniting the nationalist forces under one umbrella.
He said Prem Nath Dogra never had any greed for a post but his sole agenda was to get the separate symbols abolished and ensure free flow of the Constitution of India in toto. He said the state has passed through very hard times after the demise of Prem Nath but the path set by him is giving us the energy and encouragement to keep moving with target on fulfilling unfinished task.
He said the true tribute to this great soul will be to take pledge to not deviate from the path and continue to work whole-heartedly.
State general secretary (organisation) Ashok Kumar Koul said the forthcoming "Accession Day" programmes will be organised in all districts on October 26. He added that at Jammu, a function will be held near the statue of Maharaja Hari Singh at Tawi bridge.