Floral tributes were paid to former minister and member of parliament Girdhari Lal Dogra at a function organised by the Girdhari Lal Dogra Memorial Trust at his memorial at Dogra Chowk here to mark his 26th death anniversary on Wednesday.
The function was attended by his family members, luminaries and political leaders, including those belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Congress and National Conference.
Speakers at the function described Dogra as a "people's man", loved by all, beyond party, religion or caste barriers. He remained the state finance minister from 1957 to 1975, was elected member of parliament twice and contested and won five elections from Hirnagar. Dogra remained on key positions in both the Congress and the NC.
He gave the path-breaking initiative of providing water to people in the Kandi belt through tube-wells, a system which now helps meet drinking water demands in various areas of Jammu.
Leaders described him as the "tallest leader of his time", who firmly believed in and followed secularism in the true spirit and fought against communal and divisive forces in the state.
A medical camp was also organised at the venue. The second edition of Dogra's biography 'The People's Man' was also released on the occasion.
Congress ministers Raman Bhalla, Manohar Lal, leaders Pandit Mangat Ram Sharma, former deputy chief minister, vice-presidents Dharam Pal Sharma, Hari Singh, S Gurmukh Singh and MLC Ravinder Sharma were also present on the occasion, while from the BJP, BJYM national president Anurag Thakur, legislators Ashok Khajuria, Choudhary Sukhnandan, leaders Shamsher Singh and Jatinder Singh attended the function.
Provincial president of the NC Devinder Singh Rana also paid tributes to the leader, while veteran journalists Ved Bhasin and Vikramditya Singh were also present on the occasion.
A similar function was organised at the Congress party office in Jammu, attended by senior leaders of the party.