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Prime Minister Narendra Modi Remembers Syama Prasad Mookerjee On His Birth Anniversary

File Picture Courtesy : The Indian Express
File Picture Courtesy : The Indian Express

The Bharatiya Jana Sangh founder and former parliamentarian Syama Prasad Mookerjee was fondly remembered on his  birth anniversary. Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid rich tributes  to the late leader with his posts on Twitter.

“On his Jayanti, I bow to Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee. Dr Mookerjee is remembered as a fine educationist, a wonderful administrator and a stalwart who fought for India’s freedom as well as unity,” Modi tweeted.

Modi also shared a picture of Mookerjee with Babasaheb Ambedkar, and said they were ministerial colleagues who had “futuristic vision for India’s growth”.

Mookerjee was also a barrister and academician. He served as Minister for Industry and Supply in the first cabinet post-Independence. He founded the Bharatiya Jana Sangh in 1951 which later became the Bharatiya Janata Party in 1980.

He was also the president of Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha from 1943 to 1946. Mukherjee was strongly opposed to Article 370[a] seeing as a threat to unity of the country and fought against it inside and outside the parliament with one of the goals of Bharatiya Jana Sangh being abrogation of the article. He died in 1953 due to heart attack.

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