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JAMMU: Emotional tributes were paid to the martyrs of 1953 Praja Parishad agitation at an event organised by Praja Parishad Memorial Trust at Jourian in which Advisor to Lieutenant Governor Farooq Khan, BJP president for J&K Ravinder Raina and former deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh participated as the chief guests. Several other Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders and prominent civil society members also attended the event which also witnessed announcement of a sports stadium for Jourian by the Advisor Khan.Recalling the supreme sacrifice made by patriotic martyrs, who laid down their lives during the 1953-Praja Parishad agitation in Akhnoor, Advisor Khan paid rich tribute to the martyrs.The programme was organised by Praja Parishad Memorial Trust, Jourian.On this occasion Kissan mela was also organised to commemorate sacrifices of those who laid down their lives during Praja Parishad agitation.Meanwhile, Advisor Khan also announced a sports stadium to be established for the youth.“The union territory government has decided to establish a sports stadium in Jourian area to encourage the youth of the area to take to the sports activities. Sports are not a great avenue for the youth but also keeps them away from ill habits such as drugs,” said Advisor Khan. In his address, BJP president Ravinder Raina said that the Praja Parishad agitation of 1953 was launched with the slogan — ‘Ek Vidhan-Ek Nishan-Ek Pradhan’ (one Constitution and one flag) to ensure full integration of J&K state with the rest of the country.“The patriots have come together to fight against the Permit System, under which anyone wishing to visit the state had to obtain a permit and even sacrificed their life. Their sacrifice will always be remembered. It brings tears to my eyes that it was only after almost seven decades later that the BJP government fulfilled their dream of ‘Ek Vidhan-Ek Nishan-Ek Pradhan’ when it abrogated the special status of Jammu and Kashmir,” said an emotional Raina. Former Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh said, “The real tribute has been paid to these martyrs by the bold and historic decision of the abrogation of Articles 370 & 35(A) by Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government.” “We believe that their souls are at peace today in the heavens,” he added.State Vice President BJP and former minister Sham Sharma also paid rich tributes to the martyrs and said that, ‘we must remember the sacrifices and tell their tale to future generations’.“The Praja Parishad agitation was launched with the mission to achieve true unification of J&K with the rest of the nation. It was with the objective of extending the national symbols in the State of Jammu and Kashmir. Today we have achieved that and this is the real tribute to these martyrs,” he said President Praja Parishad Memorial Trust, Jourian Daljit Singh Chib projected certain demands like construction of outdoor stadium for the youth of this area, compensation to farmers whose land has come under fencing erected by the Army and other demands. Advisor has announced a stadium and assured early construction of the stadium. As regards other demands, he assured that these will also be fulfilled shortly.The chief guest also thanked Daljit Singh Chib, President Praja Parishad Memorial Trust for organising this event,Prominent among others who were present on the occasion were former legislators R S Pathania, Rajiv Sharma and Krishan Lal,DDC members Sharda Bhau,Bushan Bral,Suraj Singh,Suresh Sharma and several eminent members of the civil society.
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