- Procession in Jammu on the birth anniversary of Maharaja Hari Singh
- The last Dogra ruler of Jammu and Kashmir
- Hari Singh’s birth anniversary celebrated with pomp in Jammu
Maharaja Hari Singh Jayanti: The birth anniversary of Maharaja Hari Singh, the last Dogra ruler of Jammu and Kashmir, was celebrated with pomp in Jammu on Friday. Here people took out processions across the city. The administration of the Lieutenant Governor has recently declared a holiday in the Union Territory on the birth anniversary of Maharaja Hari Singh, his birth anniversary falls on 23 September. Hari Singh’s great-grandson offered prayers at the Ranbireshwar temple on Friday morning, marking the beginning of the celebrations. Vikraditya, a former member of the Legislative Council, told reporters, “I would like to congratulate the people of Jammu and Kashmir on the 127th birth anniversary of Maharaj Hari Singh ji. Giving a holiday on his birth anniversary is a victory for all the people of Jammu and Kashmir, especially the youth of Jammu.
Rajput community took out victory procession
The Yuva Rajput Sabha (YRS) had also started celebrating the birth anniversary from Thursday night which continued till Friday as people from all sections of the society gathered at Tawi Pul and Maharaj Hari Singh Park to pay homage to the late Maharaj. People of Rajput community, wearing colorful turbans and carrying the flag of their organization, took out a victory procession on two wheelers, tractors, cars and horses in the Ban Talab area. They raised slogans glorifying Hari Singh and waved swords. YRS leader Arjun Singh said, “Our sustained agitation has yielded results and the government has declared a holiday on Maharaj’s birth anniversary.” He said that the political parties of Kashmir, which ruled the erstwhile full state, had opposed giving holiday on the birth anniversary of Hari Singh.
Ravinder Raina dances to the beat of dhol
Let us tell you that Hari Singh had signed the letter of accession to India on 26 October 1947. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Ravinder Raina and other leaders danced to the beat of drums amidst slogans of ‘Maharaj Hari Singh Amar Rahe’ at Tawi Bridge. During this, Raina told reporters, “This is a victory for the people. Justice has been done. We congratulate the people of Jammu and Kashmir, especially the young Rajputs, for their fight.”
Demand for full statehood of Jammu and Kashmir was raised
The Congress, led by its working president Raman Bhalla, participated in the celebrations and said that the time has come for the central government to fulfill the other demand for restoration of full statehood of Jammu and Kashmir. Former minister and MP Chaudhary Lal Singh also took out a victory rally and said that it is time to fight for restoration of statehood to Jammu and Kashmir. A group of displaced Kashmiri Pandits took out a rally in Muthi area and raised slogans in support of Maharaj. The birth anniversary was also celebrated in Kathua, Samba, Udhampur, Reasi, Doda, Kishtwar and Rajouri districts.