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Declare Oct 27 a State holiday: Harsh

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JAMMU: Flaying the successive State Governments for undermining and downplaying the significance of Accession Day, Harsh Dev Singh Chairman JKNPP and former Minister sought declaration of 27th October as holiday with its due observance as a State function. He said that Maharaja Hari Singh, the competent authority signed the Instrument of Accession on 26th Oct 1947 which was accepted by Lord Mountbatten on behalf of Indian Government on 27th October, 1947 thus completing the process of Accession and making J and K State an integral part of India.
Addressing press conference here on Sunday, Harsh pointed out that Accession of the State with Indian Union on 27th October gave legal and constitutional right to the State subjects of J and K to claim themselves as proud Indians. He however regretted that despite 27th October being most significant day in the history of the State, it was not being celebrated officially by the Government. Seeking the observance of 27th October as a State festival, he further sought declaration of 27th October as a State holiday. He further made fervent appeal to the students of colleges and universities to suspend academic activity on the said day and to organise festivities in their respective institutions so as to give a befitting reply to the separatists and anti-nationals who were questioning the constitutional status of J and K as an integral part of India.
Harsh divulged that Panthers Party had been celebrating ‘Accession Day’ in Jammu since the time of the inception but this time it had taken out series of District Wise rallies to celebrate Accession Week which started on 17th October from District Poonch. He said that the final rally shall be taken out on October 27th in Jammu with National fervour and gaiety. He hailed the accession as a symbol of Nationalism and appealed the people to celebrate the revered day like any other National day vis a vis 26th January and 15th August. He said that the BJP being a equal partner in the a Coalition Government must declare the revered day as public holiday and officially hoist National Flag with full State honours at every Tehsil and District headquarters to commemorate the historic day of accession. Gagan Pratap Singh General Secretary and Spokesman Young Panthers and Des Raj senior member Panthers Party were also present in the press conference.

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