JAMMU: Yuva Rajput Sabha (YRS) celebrated 125th Birth Anniversary of Maharaja Hari Singh across the region and also took out a grand Shobha Yatra from MD resorts to Tawi bridge where statue of Maharaja Hari Singh is installed.
The rally started from MD Resorts Bantalab and after passing through New Plot, Amphalla, Parade and Indira Chowk concluded near Maharaja Hari Singh Statue at Tawi bridge. The rally was taken out under the leadership of Surinder Singh Gilli president YRS. Gilli alongwith others YRS activists paid rich tributes to Maharaja Hari Singh, the last Dogra ruler of J&K and remembered the excellent work done by the Maharaja for the development of Jammu and Kashmir.
Addressing the gathering, Surinder Singh Gilli said that the position of Dogras, who are the founder of the State and sacrificed their life to create this State, has not been given the due respect.
Describing Maharaja Hari Singh as the most progressive ruler, Gilli said that observing his birthday as state holiday would be a befitting tribute to the legendary ruler which was long overdue. He said that it was ironical that July 13 was being observed as a state holiday even under Central rule but September 23 was ignored thus disregarding the monumental contributions of the Maharaja who gave millions of nationalist people of the state the greatest satisfaction of calling themselves as proud Indians. He added that if Sheikh Abdullah’s birthday could be observed as state holiday, it was shear profanity to deny the same on Maharaja’s birthday who took the historic decision of acceding J&K to the Union of India by executing the Instrument of Accession.
Gilli said that Union Territory (UT) status to Jammu and Kashmir is not acceptable to the people of Jammu province. “We also welcome the decision of making Ladakh a full-fledged UT, but downgrading of Jammu and Kashmir is not acceptable”, Gilli said, adding that the Union Government has not taken into consideration the sentiments of Dogras and leaders of Jammu while preparing the architecture of Jammu and Kashmir.
Gilli reiterated its demand to declare gazetted holiday on birth anniversary of Maharaja Hari Singh and also demanded the welfare board for Rajput community.
Raghuveer Singh (chairman YRS), Rajveer Singh (Ex-president YRS), Rajinder Singh, Mukesh Singh, Mandeep Singh, Tinu Singh and Vikram Singh.