Jammu, September 20: National Democratic Party Indian NDPI, has demanded to declare the birth anniversary of Dogra monarch Maharaja Hari Singh on September 23 as State holiday, “The sentiments of people of Jammu are associated with Maharaja Hari Singh and the Governor must declare (a State) holiday on his birth anniversary,” said NDPI State President Rajesh Gupta.
"Let us recall that it was due to Maharaja Hari Singh ji that Jammu and Kashmir State became a part of India when he signed the instrument of accession on October 26, 1947. Apart from that, he was a progressive and a far-sighted ruler who instituted many social and economic reforms for the welfare of the people," Gupta said.
NDPI Chief has also demanded that the Super Specialty Hospital Jammu be renamed as Maharaja Hari Singh Super Specialty Hospital Jammu. In a statement NDPI State President Rajesh Gupta said, "Now all the Legislative powers rest with the Governor and hence the name can be changed by the Governor by using his powers," he said and suggested that September 23, the birthday of Maharaja Hari Singh, is the most appropriate occasion for renaming Maharaja Hari Singh Super Specialty Hospital Jammu.