JK Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh was today heckled by Dogra community members over the state government’s “failure” to declare Maharaja Hari Singh’s birth anniversary as a state holiday.
The deputy chief minister was speaking at a function after paying floral tributes to Maharaja, the last Hindu ruler of the state, on his birth anniversary today.
Scores of people, including youths wearing black T-shirts and carrying saffron flags, raised slogans against Singh and the PDP-BJP coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir.
The protesters gheroed Singh and some of them heckled him.
The minister had to cut short his speech and was escorted out by a large contingent of police.
The protesters also demanded the minister’s resignation and accused the BJP of doing “dis-service” to the Jammu region.
“BJP has done dis-service to Jammu, which gave them 25 seats. They have failed to address one of the major aspirations of the Dogras. Despite passage of a resolution, the BJP could not facilitate a holiday on Maharaja’s birthday.
It is a shame,” Sumit Singh, one of the protestors, said.
The Dogra community members also blocked the deputy CM’s cavalcade.
The city saw dozens of pro-Maharaja rallies today.