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JAMMU: Congress leaders on Thursday celebrated the 126th Birth Anniversary of Maharaja Hari Singh in a function organized by Th. Jai Singh, Senior Congress leader at Maharaja Hari Singh Chowk, Sainik Colony, here on Thursday. Corporator Gurmeet Randhawa, Corporator Gourav Chopra and Corporator Sobat Ali were the Guests of Honour on the occasion. Speaking on the occasion, Th. Jai Singh threw light on the developments and reforms during Maharaja Hari Singh rule. “Maharaja Hari Singh ruled the most troubled region of the sub continent during the most turbulent time of history when the sub continent was divided on the basis of religion,” Jai Singh said adding that Maharaja Hari Singh took an all time historic decision and signed the Instrument of Accession in favour of India on October 26, 1947. Th Jai Singh said that today J&K is a part of democratic India and we are Indian because of Maharaja Hari Singh. Maharaja Hari Singh’s rule has been described as glorious by British historians because of several reforms that he introduced in administration and judiciary, jai singh said.
There are numerous instances worth mentioning but few of them such as making primary education compulsory for all men and women, prohibiting child marriage and opening all the places of worship for low caste are remarkable, Jai Singh said. Th. Jai Singh also stated that 23rd September should be declare as holiday and appealed to Corporator Gurmeet Randhawa to install statue of Maharaja Hari Singh at Maharaja Hari Singh Chowk, Sainik Colony. Th. Jai Singh also demanded restoration of statehood to J&K delimitation should be done on the basis of 2021 census and also demanded that the Reliance retail stores should not be opened in Jammu. Other present on the occasion were Thakur Hoshiar Singh, Ashwani Handa, Prabha Slathia, Varinder Pratap Singh, Baljeet Singh Manhas, Sikander Singh Kuka, Bhishan Singh Raju, Mohinder Singh, Kirtan Singh, Daleep Singh and Anand Khajuria.
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