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Cong, NC were behind Maharaja Hari Singh's banishment from JK: Karan Singh's son

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

Veteran Karan Singh's son Wednesday triggered a controversy, accusing the party and the National Conference of being behind the banishment of his grandfather Hari Singh, the last ruler of the princely state of and Kashmir, from there.

A MLC, made the allegation while campaigning for his party's candidate and Jitendra Singh, pitted against his (Ajatshtru's) elder brother on a ticket from Udhampur-Doda Lok Sabha seat.

The younger dynasty scion hurled the charge, seeking to foil his father and elder brother's attempt to seek votes in the name of his grandfather, who, he said was forced to live in exile in erstwhile for 14 years till his death there.

"Irrespective of what they say about Hari Singh, the and the National Conference conspired to banish the from and Kashmir and forced him to live in exile in for fourteen years till his death there," he alleged, while addressing a rally in Udhampur.

Referring to the appeals of his father and elder brother to vote the Congress candidate in name of Maharaja Hari Singh, asked people to judge for themselves about the truth of theMaharaja's exile and parties behind it.

and have also been batting strongly for a holiday on his birthday in September and targeting the for its failure to grant it.

The Congress fought for the freedom of the country and it was the Congress government in association with my grandfather Maharaja that ensured that the state became part of India," said at a different rally.

Dismissing the Congress leaders' charges of the doing nothing to declare Maharaja Hari Singh's birthday as a holiday in the state, Anil Gupta, a retired Army brigadier, said, "The BJP is fully aware of the history of and Kashmir."

"It is also aware of the humiliation caused to the last ruler of the state, Maharaja by the National Conference-Congress combine under the tutelage of Sheikh and Jawahar Lal Nehru," he added.

"If anybody is responsible for hurting pride and legacy, it is the last scion of dynasty who is now trying to gain sympathy by distorting the historical facts," said Gupta.

Brig Gupta said while Maharaja was banished from the state, enjoyed the high office of Sadar-e-Riyasat and later as a

The Udhampur-Doda constituency, which goes to polls in second phase on April 18, will see four Rajputs - of the BJP, Vikramaditya Singh of the Congress, DSS founder and of the National Panthers Party - pitted against each other, but the main battle is between the BJP and Congress contenders.

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First Published: Wed, April 10 2019. 23:00 IST