Nirmal Singh heckled in Jammu for ‘failure’ to declare Hari Singh birthday as holiday

Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh had to beat a hasty retreat from a function in Jammu as he was heckled over the state government’s “failure” to declare Dogra autocrat Hari Singh’s birth anniversary as a state holiday.

The deputy chief minister was speaking at a function after paying floral tributes to Hari Singh, on his birth anniversary Saturday.

Scores of people from the Dogra community, including youths wearing black T-shirts and carrying saffron flags, raised slogans against Singh and the PDP-BJP coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir, Press Trust of India reported.

The protesters surrounded 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 his party 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.

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