BJP Targets Congress On Syama Prasad Mookerjee's Death Anniversary

BJP Targets Congress On Syama Prasad Mookerjee

 BJP Targets Congress On Syama Prasad Mookerjee's Death Anniversary 

New Delhi: Former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was accused by BJP, of not investigating the death of Jana Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee, despite requests from his family. The Congress party was targeted by the BJP's new working president JP Nadda and its Karnataka state chief BS Yeddyuppa.

"He (Mookerjee) died under mysterious circumstances. The Congress government under Jawarhalal Nehru did not do any investigation. Nehru did not respond to the letter by Mookerjee's mother to probe her son's death," Mr Yeddyurappa was quoted as saying by news agency Press Trust of India on the 66th death anniversary of Mookerjee, the founder of Bharatiya Jana Sangh.

"The whole country demanded an inquiry into the death of Mookerjee, but Pandit (Jawaharlal) Nehru did not order it. History is witness to this. Mookerjee's sacrifice will never go in vain and the BJP is committed to this cause," Mr Nadda was quoted as saying by PTI.

Syama Prasad Mookerjee, a former minister in Jawaharlal Nehru's government,  died in Srinagar in police custody in 1953. Mr Mookerjee was arrested for entering Kashmir illegally, defying the requirement for obtaining a permit. His death became a flashpoint between the Congress and the BJP, with many claiming that an investigation was required.

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The Karnataka BJP chief said that the current situation in Kashmir shows how relevant Syama Prasad Mookerjee's struggle was for the scrapping of Article 370, which grants special status to the state.

Syama Prasad Mookerjee was in favour of complete integration of Jammu and Kashmir, his stance being "One Nation, One Nishan One Bidhan and One Pradhan" (one nation, one flag, one Prime Minister).

Mr Yeddyurappa also alleged that Jawaharlal Nehru had "victimised" Syama Prasad Mookerjee the way he did Dr B R Ambedkar, the architect of Constitution and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the first Union home minister.

"Mookerjee struggled inside and outside Parliament, seeking abrogation of Article 370," he said.

Mr Yeddyurappa also talked about the shelving of Article 370, said everyone believed that the NDA government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah would take a decision and bring about change.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also paid his respects to Syama Prasad Mookerjee. "Remembering Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee on his Balidan Divas. A devout patriot and proud nationalist, Dr. Mookerjee devoted his life for India's unity and integrity. His passion for a strong and united India continues to inspire us and gives us strength to serve 130 crore Indians," his tweet read.

Amit Shah, the Union Home Minister said that it was Syama Prasad Mookerjee's sacrifice that even today makes people from other states able to travel to Jammu and Kashmir without a permit.

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