New Delhi, Jun 23: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday paid tribute to the founder of the Bharatiya Jan Sangh – Syama Prasad Mookerjee – on his 66th death anniversary at the party headquarters.
While PM Modi called Mookerjee a “devout patriot and proud nationalist” when asserting that party took inspiration from his passion for a “strong and united India”, Amit Shah said that today people are able to travel to Jammu and Kashmir without a permit because of Mookerjee’s sacrifice.
“With the aim of rebuilding India, Dr. Mookerjee founded the Jan Sangh. Today, if we can go to Jammu and Kashmir without a permit and West Bengal is an integral part of India, Dr. Mookerjee is behind it,” Amit Shah tweeted.
Though most of the BJP leaders paid homage and sang praises, the 66th death anniversary of the stalwart was not without controversies. BJP working president JP Nadda while remembering Mookerjee, accused the first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru for not ordering an inquiry into his death, claiming that the whole country had demanded an inquiry at that time.
“The whole country demanded an inquiry into Dr #ShyamaPrasadMukherjee’s death, but Pandit Nehru did not order an inquiry. History is witness to this. Dr Mookerjee’s sacrifice will never go in vain. The BJP is committed to this cause,” Nadda tweeted.
BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya mocked West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for observing the death anniversary, claiming that her ideology is not in line with the late stalwart’s thinking.
“Observing the death anniversary and following his thinking are 2 different things. Mamata ji is observing his death anniversary, I thank her. But she should also follow his thinking so that violence, especially political violence, ends in West Bengal,” Vijayvargiya said.
Dr Mookerjee had died in 1953 in Srinagar in police custody after he had entered the northern state, defying the requirement for obtaining a permit for doing so.
The then government had said he had died due to medical reasons after his health conditions deteriorated in custody. The Jana Sangh, the precursor to BJP, had suspected a foul play and sought a probe.