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PUF protests against Vikramaditya Singh over remarks on 1931 martyrs

PUF protests against Vikramaditya Singh over remarks on 1931 martyrs
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Before calling martyrs as rapists, Singh must answer who legalised prostitution in JK: Er Rasheed

Srinagar: People’s United Front Saturday carried out a protest march in Srinagar against the remarks by Vikramaditya Singh, a Congress leader and grandson of late Maharaja Hari Singh against martyrs of 13th July 1931.
Led by AIP president, Er Rasheed, the protesters were holding placards seeking arrest of Vikramaditya Singh and also chanted slogans asking NC and PDP to explain their relations with the Congress leader.
The protesters marched from Regal Chowk to Press Colony in city centre Lal Chowk.
Talking to media persons on the occasion, Rasheed said, they did not want to “indulge in blame game, but it is shameful that a person who happens to be grandson of Maharaja Hari Singh, rather than collecting courage to seek apology for the heinous crimes committed by his father and grandfather, is getting involved in character assassination of national heroes of J&K, who fought against all odds and laid down their lives against the autocratic rule”.
“Vikramaditya Singh needs to be reminded that during recently concluded parliamentary election as a Congress nominee, he claimed to be representing so called secular forces and was supported by main regional parties NC & PDP,” Rasheed said.
Rasheed said that after facing a “humiliating defeat”, Singh was “trying to become more communal than the non-communal forces”.
“The martyrs of 13th July 1931 did not fight against Maharaja for being Hindu but laid down their lives against the brutal system of autocracy,” he said.
Before calling martyrs as ‘rapists’, Rasheed asked Singh to
“collect the courage and answer who legalized prostitution in J&K”.
He also asked NC and PDP leadership to apologize for openly supporting Vikramaditya Singh during the recently concluded Parliament election.
He alleged that both the parties had “always acted as proxies of New Delhi by representing a view point of Congress and BJP in the state from time to time”.
“How can NC abuse Maharaja in Srinagar but seek holiday on Maharaja’s birthday in Jammu?” Rasheed asked.
He said that the “hypocrisy must end and NC should clear its stand over Maharaja’s rule”.
“Congress too needs to understand that its politics of exploitation has lost the ground and its claims of being secular stand exposed. Congress must either expel Vikramaditya Singh or apologize for his statement or must toe the line of communal forces publically,” Rasheed added.
He also condemned the resolution passed by Jammu Municipal Corporation seeking holiday on eve of Maharaja’s birthday and said that action should be taken against the members of Jammu Municipal Corporation for praising Maharaja who committed “huge atrocities on people of state”.
He asked people to “understand how in an organized and systematic manner the history is being distorted and how to implement the notorious agenda efforts are on to abolish and abrogate the role of national heroes who laid down their lives for our better tomorrow”.
The PUF protesters also burnt effigy of Vikramaditya Singh and took a pledge that they will protect the sacrifices of 1931 martyrs.
Singh had recently tweeted against 1931 martyrs and called them “rapists”.

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