New Delhi: Senior BJP leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday paid tributes to Bharatiya Jana Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee on his 68th death anniversary and remembered his efforts to strengthen national integration.
He said, ‘‘He founded the Jana Sangh with the aim of national reconstruction, not lust for power. Mukherjee sacrificed his everything to protect the identity and integrity of the country. He saved India from being partitioned again. His sacrifice, dedication and his ideals will continue to guide the generations to come. Blessings to such an elite patriot on his sacrifice day.’’
BJP President JP Nadda tweeted, ‘‘For the unity-integrity of India with the concept of cultural nationalism, the founder of Jana Sangh, the great patriot revered Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, who dedicated his entire life to the name of the nation. Blessings on Sacrifice Day!’’
The country’s first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru had included Mukherjee in the interim government as the Minister of Industries and Supplies, but he resigned from the cabinet after the agreement between Nehru and the then Prime Minister of Pakistan, Liaquat Ali.
BJP celebrates his death anniversary as Sacrifice Day. Abolition of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir has been a very old issue of BJP. When Modi became the Prime Minister for the second time after coming to power again in the year 2019, the central government abrogated Article 370, which gave special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir.