Paying tributes to the martyrs of 1953 at a function at Sunderbani on Saturday, BJP's state president and MLA Jugal Kishore Sharma urged the people to imitate them and get ready to make similar sacrifices to defeat the evil designs of the pro-autonomy and pro-self-rule forces in the Valley.
He told the gathering that Beli Ram, Ramji Dass and Krishan Lal, and 12 other nationalists in Hiranagar and Chhamb Jaudian, had sacrificed their precious lives during the historic 'Ek Nissan, Ek Vidhan Aur Ek Pradhan' movement in 1952-1953, that resulted in the fall of the Sheikh Abdullah government, abolition of permit system, and hastening of the process of political and constitutional integration into India.
He also remembered the founder of the Bharatiya Jan Sangh, Syama Prasad Mookerjee, who laid down his life in Srinagar fighting for the country. He held the Congress and the NC responsible for his death in the make-shift prison in Srinagar in 1953.
"If Jammu and Kashmir is within India today, with Central laws extended to the state, it is only because of the supreme sacrifices of these persons," Sharma said.
"It is a matter of regret that that the forces which used force and coercion against nationalists in different parts of Jammu province during the 1952-53 movement have again become active. They are challenging the accession of the state and putting forth such communal demands which, if accepted, would undo all that the nation did during the past over the past 65 years to integrate the state into India," added Sharma.
Sharma claimed that the "anti-state" Article 370 had to be abrogated to bring the state at par with other states of the Union to ensure that minorities and refugees in the state exercise the rights available to their counterparts in the rest of the country.
He said the BJP leadership at the state and national level were committed to integrating the state fully with India and ensuring the empowerment of all the neglected sections of society.