Deputy CM Nirmal Singh heckled by members of Dogra community

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‘BJP has failed the Dogra community’

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir’s Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh was heckled today by members of Dogra community over the state government’s “failure” to declare Dogra Maharaja Hari Singh’s birth anniversary as a state holiday.

The deputy chief minister was speaking at a function after paying floral tributes to the Dorgra Maharaja, the last Hindu ruler of the state, on his birth anniversary today, PTI reported.

The report said 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 encircled Singh and some of them heckled him, the report added.

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, PTI report said.

“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 report added.

The city saw dozens of pro-Maharaja rallies today.

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