Declare Sept 23 as holiday to pay tributes to last Dogra ruler: Sawhney
STATE TIMES NEWS
JAMMU: Former Minister J&K and Senior Congress leader Yogesh Sawhney, in a statement issued on Sunday, has asked UT administration to declare a public holiday on birth anniversary of Maharaja Hari Singh as a sign of respect and tributes to the last ruling Maharaja of the Princely State of Jammu & Kashmir. Sawhney further stated that Maharaja Hari Singh is a beloved legacy for people of Jammu & Kashmir and BJP Government should not hurt sentiments of people by denying the demand, which is pending for years.
Speaking on the issue, Sawhney said that demand of people for the declaration of a holiday comes from immense love and respect, which they possess for one of the most important historical figures of J&K. “It is not just a matter of holiday but is a matter of symbolic gesture to keep alive memory and legacy of the great ruler Maharaja Hari Singh, who during his tenure, brought many reforms for welfare of people. Government has not been fair to the memory and legacy of the last Dogra Ruler, as this simple demand has been ignored for years. BJP Government should respect emotions of Jammu people and realizing their deep attachment with the Dogra ruler, should announce holiday on the birth anniversary of Maharaja Hari Singh, falling on September 23,” said Sawhney, extending full support to Yuva Rajput Sabha for their demand.