PM Narendra Modi today paid tributes to Jan Sangh founder Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee on his 115th birth anniversary.
On his birth anniversary, my tributes to Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee. We remember with pride his rich contribution towards India’s history.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 6, 2016
- Syama Prasad Mookerjee was an Indian politician, barrister and academician.
- He served as Minister for Industry and Supply in Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s cabinet.
- After falling out with Nehru, Mukherjee quit the Indian National Congress and founded the right wing nationalist Bharatiya Jana Sangh later evovled as BJP.
- He opposed the Indian National Congress’s decision to grant Jammu Kashmir a special status with its own flag and Prime Minister.
- He went to visit Kashmir in 1953 illegally, and observed a hunger strike to protest the law that prohibited Indian citizens from settling in a state within their own country and mandated that they carry ID cards.
- He died as a detenu on 23 June 1953 under mysterious circumstances.
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