It was on this day in 1947 that the Indian Army arrived in the region, marking a pivotal moment in history, followed by the signing of the Instrument of Accession by the then Dogra monarch, Maharaja Hari Singh.
The celebrations saw senior BJP leaders addressing party supporters at the Jawahar Nagar area in Srinagar. This day has been commemorated since 1947, signifying the permanent accession of Kashmir to the Union of India. BJP leader Darakhshan Andrabi highlighted that over the years, some local political parties had misguided the youth, leading to bloodshed and filling of graveyards in the region. She emphasized that these parties still harbor desires for violence in Kashmir. However, she pointed out that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's actions on August 5, 2019, put an end to their propaganda.
The celebration of 'Accession Day' was not limited to Srinagar, as a function was held at the BJP headquarters in Jammu. During the event, BJP leader G.L. Raina criticized the Congress and the National Conference (NC) for perpetuating lies surrounding the Accession Day. He asserted that these parties were responsible for creating hurdles and delaying Jammu and Kashmir's accession to India in 1947. According to him, had it not been for the interference of these political parties, Jammu and Kashmir would have acceded to India on August 15, 1947. He further emphasized that the Maharaja of the region faced humiliation and subsequent exile in 1947, partly due to the actions of these political parties.
The Central rule in Jammu and Kashmir, following the momentous developments on August 5, 2019, officially designated October 26 as Accession Day and declared it a public holiday. Notably, the region's prominent regional parties, the National Conference and the Peoples Democratic Party, did not release any statements or make public appearances in recognition of this occasion.