PM pays tribute to SP Mookerjee

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today paid tributes to the founder of Bharatiya Jan Sangh, Syama Prasad Mookerjee on his birth anniversary, saying he made courageous efforts to further India’s unity.

SP Mookerjee was born on this day in 1901 in then Calcutta.

Taking to twitter, PM Modi wrote, “I bow to Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee on his Jayanti. A devout patriot, he made exemplary contributions towards India”s development.”

“He made courageous efforts to further India’s unity.His thoughts and ideals give strength to millions across the nation,” the prime minister said.

Mookerjee was a prominent Indian politician, barrister and academician and served as the Minister for Industry and Supply in the Jawaharlal Nehru cabinet but he later resigned from the Nehru’ cabinet.

In 1951, with the help of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), he founded the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, former to the Bharatiya Janata Party. He breathed his last on June 23, 1953.

-RJV