Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP working president JP Nadda and several other party leaders paid homage to Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee, the founder of the Bharatiya Jan Sangh, the predecessor of the ruling BJP, on his 66th death anniversary on Sunday at the party headquarters.
Modi sang praises of a "devout patriot and proud nationalist" and said how the party drew inspiration and strength from his passion for a "strong and united" India.
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.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 23, 2019
Offering tribute to the educationist, Nadda commended Mookerjee for dedicating his life "for the integrity of India". "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 Mukherjee's sacrifice will never go in vain. The BJP is committed to this cause."
BJP Working President JP Nadda: 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.Mukherjee's sacrifice will never go in vain, BJP is committed to this cause pic.twitter.com/fKh107sepf
— ANI (@ANI) June 23, 2019
Admiring Mookerjee for launching the first nationalist movement in India, Amit Shah said "he sacrificed his power and gave up everything for the unity and integrity of the country".
Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Harsh Vardhan also heaped praises on the late Jana Sangh founder.
भारत की एकता व अखंडता के लिए सर्वस्व अर्पण करने वाले #जनसंघ के संस्थापक, महान देशभक्त, शिक्षाविद् एवं प्रखर राष्ट्रवादी और चिंतक श्रद्धेय #डॉ_श्यामा_प्रसाद_मुखर्जी जी की पुण्यतिथि पर कोटि कोटि नमन्। #SyamaPrasadMukherjee pic.twitter.com/ZvVAdcS5zU
— Dr Harsh Vardhan (@drharshvardhan) June 23, 2019
Obeisance to #ShyamaPrasadMukherjee Intellectual par excellence;progressive thinker,who left an indelible mark as an eminent educationist/reformer/administrator,working tirelessly for development of Mother India.His martyrdom for her integrity is not in vain. Kashmir Hamara Hai pic.twitter.com/oDKpTI5Pwv
— Om Prakash (Om ji ) Mathur (@OmMathur_bjp) June 23, 2019
Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu said Mookerjee "left an indelible mark as an eminent educationist, reformer and administrator" and "worked tirelessly for the development of the nation".
He served with distinction as Union industry Minister and was a distinguished Parliamentarian. He continues to inspire millions of men & women to serve the motherland. #ShyamaPrasadMukherjee
— VicePresidentOfIndia (@VPSecretariat) June 23, 2019
Former Karnataka chief minister Sadananda Gowda took to Twitter to pay tribute to Mookerjee on his "Balidan Diwas" (sacrifice day).
Lok Sabha MP Rajiv Pratap Rudy also said Mookerjee gave a "new dimension to the service of patriotism".
जनसेवा और देशभक्ति को नया आयाम देने वाले जनसंघ के संस्थापक व अप्रतिम विचारक डॉ श्यामा प्रसाद मुखर्जी जी को उनकी पुण्यतिथि पर हमारा कोटि-कोटि नमन!
— Rajiv Pratap Rudy (@RajivPratapRudy) June 23, 2019
— BJP Delhi (@BJP4Delhi) June 23, 2019
— Rahul Sinha (@RahulSinhaBJP) June 23, 2019
Mookerjee's tryst with politics began in 1929 when he entered the West Bengal Legislative Council as an Indian National Congress candidate. However, he resigned and fought as an Independent the same year.
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Updated Date: Jun 23, 2019 15:14:20 IST