Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Home Minister Amit Shah, and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh joined several Bharatiya Janata Party leaders in paying tributes to Bharatiya Jana Sangh founder Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee on his death anniversary on Sunday.
Taking to Twitter Naidu said: "Shri Mookerjee left an indelible mark as an eminent educationist, reformer and administrator and had 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."
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
Amit Shah also lauded him and recalled the sacrifices he made for the country.
भारत के पुनर्निर्माण के उद्देश्य से डॉ. मुखर्जी ने जनसंघ की स्थापना की। आज यदि हम जम्मू-कश्मीर में बिना परमिट के जा सकते हैं और पश्चिम बंगाल भारत का अभिन्न अंग है तो उसके पीछे डॉ. मुखर्जी जी का बलिदान है।
ऐसे अभिजात देशभक्त के बलिदान दिवस पर उनके चरणों में कोटि-कोटि वंदन
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) June 23, 2019
Rajnath Singh also said that the contribution of the Jana Sangh founder will always be remembered. "My humble tributes to the Jana Sangha founder, Dr. Syama Prasad Mukherjee on his punyatithi. His immense contribution to our country will always be remembered," he tweeted.
My humble tributes to the Jana Sangha founder, Dr. Syama Prasad Mukherjee on his punyatithi.
His immense contribution to our country will always be remembered.
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) June 23, 2019
BJP Working President JP Nadda also visited the Shahidi Park in the national capital and paid tributes to Dr Mukherjee.
भारतीय जनसंघ के संस्थापक, महान शिक्षाविद, अभिजात देशभक्त और भारत की अखंडता के लिए अपना जीवन समर्पित करने वाले हमारे पथ प्रदर्शक डॉ श्यामा प्रसाद मुखर्जी जी के बलिदान दिवस पर उन्हें भावभीनी श्रधांजलि की ।#ShyamaPrasadMukherjee pic.twitter.com/Zo7QtQwvdB
— Jagat Prakash Nadda (@JPNadda) June 23, 2019
— BJP Delhi (@BJP4Delhi) June 23, 2019
On Saturday, the Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal had announced that it will observe Mukherjee's death anniversary on Sunday. A letter issued by the Information and Cultural Affairs department of the state government stated, "State Government will observe the death anniversary of Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee on June 23 at 11:30 AM at the Keoratala burning ghat, Kolkata."
"Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay, Minister for Power and Non-Conventional Energy Sources Department will offer the floral tributes on the day at the memorial column of Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee on behalf of the state government," the letter added.
Mukherjee was born on 6 July, 1901 in Kolkata in West Bengal. He was Minister of Commerce and Industries from 1951 to 1952.
In 2004, former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had alleged that Mukherjee had been killed in 1952 following a conspiracy hatched by the central government led by Jawaharlal Nehru and the Jammu and Kashmir government led by Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah.