Jammu and Kashmir holidays: BJP has told People’s Democratic Party to review public holidays in the state, according to Indian Express report. The list of public holidays include the birth anniversary of National Conference founder Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah. Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh had asked the government to review list of holidays being observed in the state. “yes, I have asked for it,” Singh was quoted as saying by IE. Notably, Sheikh Abdullah’s birth anniversary is on December 5.
This comes after PDP was unwilling to declare a holiday on the birth anniversary of the late Dogra ruler of the state, Maharaja Hari Singh, on September 23. The state government observes Martyrs’ Day in the memory of 22 Kashmiris killed by the maharaja’s forces in action against an uprising in 1931. The Martyrs’ Day holiday is on July 13.
As the general administration department is under Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, Nirmal Singh wrote to her. Ruling PDP legislator Yuvraj Vikramaditya Singh, who is a grandson of the last Dogra ruler of the state, too had written a Mufti about the matter. “The manner in which our holidays are increasing, there shall be a review of the list,’’ Nirmal Singh said. “We support the genuine demand of the people for a holiday on the birthday of Maharaja Hari Singh as nationalist sentiments are attached with it’’.
Without mentioning the holiday on Sheikh Abdullah’s birth anniversary, Singh said: “Aisi bhi chhuttiyan hain jinka ek particular party ke saath sambandh tha. Review hona chahiye (There are certain holidays in the name of people who were associated with some particular organsation…. There should be a review of the list of holidays),” he said. Many in Jammu do not support the decision to allow the two holidays on July 13 and December 5. They want a public holiday on the birth anniversary of Hari Singh for having initiated numerous public welfare schemes and for signing the Instrument of Accession with the Indian Union.