BJP MLC Ajatshatru to protest against govt

Deepak Khajuria. Updated: 12/31/2017 11:25:35 PM

JAMMU: Heating up the issue of not declaring Maharaja Hari Singh’s birth anniversary on September 23 as a state holiday, Maharaja’s grandson and ruling Bharatiya Janta Party’s Member of Legislative Council Ajatshatru Singh will protest against its own government as the budget session commences from tomorrow, on 2nd of January.
The BJP MLC, however, has not submitted any resolution and Private Member Bill to the Upper House in the protest against the non-implementation of his previous Resolution, which was passed but not implemented and finally the birth anniversary of Maharaja on September 23 remains as a routine working day.

When contacted, BJP MLC Ajatshatru Singh, who is younger grandson of Maharaja confirmed that he has not submitted any resolution or Private Member Bill this time and added, “I have done this under protest as there is no fun to send the resolution and getting passed, only not to be implemented.”

However, the MLA has submitted 20 questions including 13 starred and 7 un-starred, none of which related to holiday of Maharaja.

“There is no merit in discussing this issue again, when it is up to the government to declare the holiday,” he said.

Whereas, on the protest against Government, Ajatshatru has not utter any word and said that he will see, but sources said that Ajatshatru has already brought the same to the notice of BJP Chief Whip, Ramesh Arora and two other BJP MLCs are also ready to join Ajatshatru into protest against State Government on the beginning of proceedings of House on January 3.

It is worth mentioning that the Upper House of the State Legislature on January 25, 2017 had passed a private member’s resolution, seeking holiday on the birthday of last ruler of the J&K State.

The resolution on the subject was moved in the Legislative Council by the BJP Member Ajatshatru Singh. It was seconded by the PDP MLC Surinder Choudhary and BJP member Vibodh Gupta. The entire opposition had staged walk out from the House before this issue. Only members from the Treasury benches were present in the House. Ajatshatru Singh had moved resolution stating that 23rd September, the birthday of Maharaja Hari Singh, the last ruler of the State, be declared as a State holiday as a mark of respect to him.

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