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Resolutions passed to declare birth anniv of Maharaja Hari Singh as holiday in J&K yet to see light of the day

It was Hari Singh who had signed the Instrument of Accession of J&K to India in 1947 after Pakistani army and raiders attacked the state.

Jammu: Several resolutions have been passed for the declaration of holiday on birth anniversary of Maharaja Hari Singh, but the concerned authorities have failed address the demand of people.

On January 24, 2017, the Legislative Council of erstwhile state Jammu and Kashmir had   passed a resolution to declare his birthday, September 23, as a State holiday after his two grandsons piloted the proposal.

It was Hari Singh who had signed the Instrument of Accession of J&K to India in 1947 after Pakistani army and raiders attacked the state.

The resolution for declaring the birthday as a State holiday was moved by BJP member Ajatshatru and it was seconded by PDP MLC Vikramaditya. Both are grandsons of Hari Singh and sons of Congress leader Karan Singh.

Ajatshatru said the contribution of Maharaja Hari Singh needs to be acknowledged.

He said it would be a tribute to him if the state declares official holiday on his birthday.

Hari Singh, who was born on September 23,1895, passed away on April 26,1961 at the age of 65.

“We are very happy. Passage of this resolution in the Upper House is a welcome sign in restoration of the glory of Maharaja Hari Singh,” then Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh had said.

“He is a symbol of the nation and vicious campaigns have dented his image. This is the first step towards restoring the image of the great visionary and people’s maharaja,” he added.

Similarly, on July 19, 2019, the Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) has passed a resolution to declare the birth anniversary of Maharaja Hari Singh on September 23 as State holiday.

“Last year I got a resolution demanding holiday on birth anniversary of Maharaja Hari

Singh Ji passed in general house meeting of JMC,” BJP’s Narotam Sharma, JMC Councillor of

Ward 3 (Mastgarh area) said adding that another such resolutions by him seeking renaming

Jammu Airport after Maharaja Hari Singh and rechristening University of Jammu after Maharaja Gulab Singh were also passed but no effort in this regard has been initiated as of now.


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