The problem, critics say, is that the state has been officially observing July 13 as Martyrs' Day in memory of 21 Kashmiris killed by the King's forces in 1931 during a protest. In Kashmir, the day signifies the transition of power from an autocracy to a democracy and as victory of the people's movement led by Sheikh Abdullah, the founder of the National Conference.
Today in the opposition, members of National Conference staged a walk out when the resolution was moved.
"On one hand we celebrate 13th July as the state Martyrs' Day and on the other hand we mark the birth anniversary of the ruler of that time as state holiday? This is contradictory, we oppose it," said Akbar Lone, a leader of the National Conference.
"Even today he is remembered as a symbol of unity. His name is linked to secular identity and youth identity. Even today, lakhs of people hold him in high regard," said Vikramaditya Singh, a leader of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party and the grandson of Maharaja Hari Singh.
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