BJP organises seminar on Accession Day

Department of Policy Research of BJP organised a seminar titled “Accession of J&K to India is full and final”. The event began with lighting of the traditional lamp by BJP National Vice-President Avinash Rai Khanna, State President & MLA Sat Sharma, Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh, Speaker J&K Assembly Kavinder Gupta, Lok Sabha MP Jugal Kishore Sharma and MLC Ashok Khajuria followed by recitation of Vande Matram at Vaid Vishnu Dutt Auditorium, Trikute Nagar Office. Sat Sharma in his welcome address laid emphasis on the constitutional aspects of the accession and exhorted upon the audience to negate the misinformation campaign launched by the separatists. Dr Nirmal Singh, while delivering the presidential address, spoke on historical facts related to accession. He also mentioned Shimla Agreement vide which all previous treaties/accords stood cancelled and it was resolved to mutually solve the Kashmir issue. He reiterated the stand of the Narendra Modi government to honour the 1994 unanimous resolution of Parliament and work towards reuniting POJK and Gilgit-Baltistan with India. Avinash Rai Khanna, in his valedictory address, highlighted the role of Maharaja in keeping J&K united. He however, regretted the partial treatment meted to the different regions of the state by the previous government of NC and Congress in the past accession period. Among the panelists, Brigadier Anil Gupta highlighted certain less known facts of accession, including the notorious role played by Anglo-Muslim Alliance formed at behest of the Britishers.
Retired bureaucrat Kulbhushan Jandial gave a detailed representation on the finality of the accession quoting various references from the constitution of J&K and that of India.
He emphasised that the accession is a settled fact and should be celebrated by the entire state and not by a particular region only. Eminent Lawyer Sunil Sethi, in his key note address, laid emphasis on the fact that the accession of J&K is legal, voluntary, constitutional and non-negotiable. He explained the finer aspects of Instrument of Accession and India Independence Act of 1947.
All the panelists unanimously appealed the government for declaring 26th October as state holiday and also called upon the people to celebrate the day as a festival. Similar seminar was organised at Rajouri which was addressed by State General Secretary Dr Narinder Singh, Pahari Board Vice-Chairperson Kuldeep Raj Gupta, MLC Vivodh Gupta and District President Dinesh Sharma. Kashmir Displaced District organised seminar at Roop Nagar under Chand Ji Bhat with MLC Surrinder Ambardar as main speaker.
At Doda, thousands of people assembled at the seminar which was addressed by State Vice-President Parmod Kapahi, State General Secretary (Organisation) Ashok Kaul, MLAs- Shakti Parihar and several others. Similar Seminars were held in Kashmir, Ram Nagar, Bhaderwah.

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