Maharaja’s grandson walks out

Sumit Sharma. Updated: 1/4/2018 2:18:21 AM

JAMMU: After having rocked the region with strikes, shutdowns and protest over last 4 month, the non-declaration of a state holiday on Maharaja Hari Singh's birth anniversary was once again made news in the Legislative Council when Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator Ajatshatru Singh, who is also a grandson of Maharaja on Wednesday staged walkout of the Council demanding deceleration of holiday on September 23. Singh, raised his demand of State Holiday on Maharaja's birthday in Council, but after seeing his demand go unnoticed, he staged walkout, alone.
Sharing his views with the media persons outside the council, Singh said that state Legislative Council had passed a resolution to declare state holiday on Maharaja's birthday on September 23, last year but till date the same has not been implemented.
"Once the resolution gets passed it becomes a government document, but in this particular case, the government is not considering my demand," said Maharaja's younger grandson.
He demanded that government should constitute a committee to find out how and why other events have become subject of state holidays while last ruler of state doesn't get one in his name.
Pertinently, on September 23 last year, it was Ajatshatru Singh himself who had brought a resolution in the House, which was seconded by his brother Vikramaditya Singh of PDP to declare the public holiday on birth anniversary of last Dogra rural 'Maharaja, Hari Singh'.
Sensing that government was in no mood of accepting the demands of Dogras, Vikramaditya Singh of PDP, had tendered his resignation from his post as MLC last year in October.
However, the resolution so passed faced tough resistance in the shape of walk out from the legislative council by the opposition party National Conference (NC) which described the passage of the resolution as undemocratic and demanded rejection of it.

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