In a statement, Singh, the former 'Sadar-e-Riyasat' of Jammu and Kashmir, said that for many years there has been a strong demand in the state to declare the day as a public holiday. "In fact both my sons got a resolution on this passed in the Legislative Council some years ago, but so far no action has been taken."
Karan Singh said that his father was a progressive and far sighted ruler who instituted many social and economic reforms for the welfare of the people. "For example, as far back as 1929 he had declared all temples in the state open to Dalits," he added.
"I urge the Governor to declare this day as a public holiday," he said.
Karan Singh's statement comes after the Centre abrogated the special status to Jammu and Kashmir. The state will formally be divided into two Union Territories -- Jiamp;K and Ladakh - on October 31.