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JAMMU, Oct 31: Congress on Saturday observed Indira Gandhi’s 36th Martyrdom Day as Kissan Adhikar Diwas and organized Satyagrah in all District Headquarters of the J&K. The Main function was held at Indira Chowk, organized by District Congress Committee (Urban) Jammu.
JKPCC Vice President and former Minister Raman Bhalla along with senior functionaries of PCC, DCC and other senior leaders of the party including frontal organizations offered floral tributes to Indira Gandhi.
Rich tributes were also paid to Sardar Patel, one of the greatest stalwarts of the country, on his birth anniversary.
His services in the freedom struggle and in the strengthening and consolidation of the country after independence were recalled.
To mark the occasion of death anniversary of Indira Gandhi Congress party organized a strong protest at all the District Headquarters.
Congress leaders and workers led by Raman Bhalla marched towards the Civil Secretariat, raising slogans to protest against the recently amended J&K land laws and new farmers bills passed in the parliament.
Scuffles were witnessed between peacefully protesting Congress workers and police force. The protestors were stopped by the police near Shalimar Chowk, where Bhalla addressed the workers and media.
Bhalla said that the recently amended J&K land laws are anti people, anti-poor and anti Jammu. He described this move of BJP Govt. as their sheer frustration and deviation from what Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of the Country promised to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
Bhalla reminded BJP of the promises made by Modi about the safety and guarantee of jobs and land of Jammu and Kashmir, at the time of revocation of Article 370. He said that these laws are discriminatory in nature and questioned the BJP’s one nation one constitution slogan, when, there are different land laws in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and North-eastern states of India.
He warned the government not to test the patience of peace loving citizens of Jammu and Kashmir by snatching their land and jobs.
He demanded an immediate review of these laws ensuring guarantee and safety of the land and resources of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
He further said that more than 62 crores farmers are up in arms against the Modi Govt’s new legislations, which are against the overall economic interests of the farmers in the Country.
Instead of fulfilling the promise to double their income, the Modi Govt. has taken anti farmer steps against the BJP promise of 50% MSP over production cost, contrary to Swaminathan Commission recommendations.
This is highly retrograde steps towards farmers and Congress party under leadership of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi is fully behind farmers who are agitating for their just cause.
He recalled her historical contributions in the form of Shimla agreement, which binds Pakistan to settle all outstanding issues with India including Kashmir through bilateral means, strengthening of Non Aliened Movement (NAM) in the World, besides librating Bangladesh for which her leadership was commended. He said that Congressmen should remain committed and strengthen the principles for which Indira Ji lived and sacrificed her life.
Yogesh Sawhney while paying rich tributes to Indira Gandhi recalled her supreme sacrifice for the unity and integrity of the country and said that she enhanced the image of India in the community of nations by her
farsightedness through which India emerged as a strong nation under her leadership. He also laid stress on strengthening the principle for which Congress party and Indira Gandhi always stood for and laid down her life to fight against the forces of communalism and fundamentalism which pose threat to the unity and integrity of the country.
On this occasion Senior leaders Kanta Bhan, Th. Balwan Singh, Rajnish Sharma, Th. Manmohan Singh, Indu Pawar (President Mahila Congress), Ch. Gharu Ram- Chairman Kissan Congress, Rajesh Sadotra-Chief Organizer Seva Dal, highlighted the achievements of Indira Gandhi and described her as an iron lady, an able administrator and great visionary leader. They said that Indira was symbol of women empowerment in the country and always framed policies and programmes aimed at the upliftment of farmers, poor and down trodden.
She launched various schemes for the welfare and development of poor population of the country including her twenty point campaign for them. Other prominent leaders who paid floral tributes include, Dr. Rashid Choudhary, President OBC Cell Suresh Dogra, PCC Secretaries Pawan Raina, Shashi Sharma, Thomas Khokher, Sanjeev Sharma, Corporators Dwarka Choudhary, Gourav Chopra Ritu Chowdhary, Rama Thakyal, Sonika Sharma, Rajinder Singh Jamwal, Inderjeet Kour, Sobat Ali Col. Swarn Singh, Gajan Singh, Kewal Krishan Jogi, DCC functionaries Dr. R.K. Khajuria, Madan Lal Malagar, Som Dutt, Diwan Chand, Kulbushan Sharma, Vijay Sharma, Pawan Sharma, Manmohan Sharma, Rajesh Sharma, Manjeet Singh, Dillawar Makhan and Aman Baba.