In BJP alliance rule, J&K still observes holiday on Martyrs Day

Rattan Sharma
Jammu, Jul 13: While the BJP-partnered coalition has completed over two years of its regime, the government has failed to declare the ‘Accession Day’ as Gazetted holiday as the state continues to observe Martyrs Day as holiday on July 13.
Bhartiya Janta Party, which during its old opposition days used to observe July 13 as a black day, failed to modify the order after being partner in the Coalition government in J&K in 2015 and the State continued to observe the day as Gazetted State holiday with full State honours but could make no effort for declaration of State holiday on 26th October on ‘Accession Day’.
How one could forget the supreme sacrifice of Brigadier Rajinder Singh who laid down his life on 26th October 1947 while restraining and preventing the Pak sponsored ‘Kabailis’ from entering Srinagar. Should Oct 26, the day of martyrdom of Brigadier Rajinder Singh, be treated as martyr day to commemorate Brigadier Rajinder Singh’s Supreme sacrifice or July 13 when rebels waging a war against Maharaja’s rule were killed, questioned a political observer.
It is pertinent to mention that Brigadier Rajinder Singh’s martyrdom had paved way for the accession of J&K with the Indian Union on the same day when Maharaja Hari Singh signed the historic Instrument of Accession while showcasing his allegiance to the nation.
JKNPP Chairman Harsh Dev Singh said the rebels of July 13 were glorified as Martyrs but the BJP partnered dispensation turned a blind eye to the Supreme sacrifices of the valiant soldiers of State.
The infamous episode of mutiny on July 13, 1931 in Kashmir which was followed by a large scale incidents of arson, loot and sectarian carnage when 21 rebels who had incited sedition and public outrage against the Maharaja’s (Dogra) rule were killed by the police for restoring law and order, Singh said. He demanded that Oct 26 should be declared as a State holiday and the holiday on black day of July 13 be abolished and obliterated in the interest of the State and the country. He alleged said that after its ascendance to power, BJP has surrendered over the nationalistic concern.
Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee chief spokesperson Ravinder Sharma also accused the BJP of adopting double-standards. The party (BJP) has been giving different slogans on different occasion just to befool the masses but has failed on fronts in its over two-years regime in the state and has played with the sentiments of the people by enacting dramas on different occasions. He too demanded that Oct 26 should be declared as a State holiday.
As BJP is part of the government, it cannot indulge into ‘match-fixing’, Sharma said, adding they (BJP) cannot escape from fulfilling their old promises to the people of Jammu and Kashmir should issue an order to declare the Accession Day as Gazetted State holiday.
However, State BJP Spokesperson, Prof Virender Gupta said official celebration of Martyrs’ Day is questionable as the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti paid her tributes to the Martyrs in an official function.
Prof Gupta said, July 13, 1931 was most controversial event that spur the Muslim communal politics in Jammu and Kashmir while sidelining the ethos of Sufism in the Valley and thus cannot be celebrated as Martyrs Day. It hurts the sentiments of the majority of the people and divide the society on the communal lines, he added.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti paid her tributes to the Martyrs and termed them as brave hearts and heroes of 1931 and said they sacrificed their lives for laying a strong edifice of democracy.