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J-K BJP demands state holiday on Maharaja Hari Singh’s birthday

Maharaja Hari Singh was the last king to rule over the princely state of Kashmir.

india Updated: Sep 21, 2017 21:09 IST
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A file photo from 1943 of the last king of Kashmir Maharaja Hari Singh.

The Jammu and Kashmir BJP on urged Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to declare Maharaja Hari Singh’s birth anniversary as a state holiday.

“BJP calls upon the state government to declare a state holiday on September 23 while recognising the contribution of Maharaja Hari Singh in the development of the state,” BJP state spokesperson Virender Gupta said.

He called for providing justice to all the communities of the state without differentiating on the basis of religion, region, caste and creed, he said

Declaring a state holiday on his birth day would honour the “emotions and sentiments of Dogras and the public at large in J&K”.

Gupta further said, BJP ministers in the state cabinet were also exerting their influence on the chief minister for declaring a state holiday on the Maharaja’s birth anniversary.

A few days back, the Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) had lambasted the BJP for nor raising the issue with People’s Democratic Party, its coalition partner in the state.

First Published: Sep 21, 2017 21:09 IST