On the 66th death anniversary of Founder of Bharatiya Jana Sangh (BJS) Dr Syama Prasad Mukherjee, on Sunday, BJP working president J P Nadda has demanded that India still demands an investigation into the mysterious death of Mukherjee in 1953. Detailing the BJS founder's struggle opposing Article 370 which he rallied against, to his untimely death during the Jawaharlal Nehru-led government's rule, he said:
"He (Mukherjee) was arrested in Madhavpur, from where he was transported to Srinagar where he was kept imprisoned. After some time, at Nishad Nath's house, he was transferred. On June 22, his health deteriorated and he died under mysterious circumstances on June 23."
Claiming that India still remained unsatisfied as to how Mukherjee died, he accused India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru for not probing into Mukherjee's death.
"The entire nation leapt up in protest demanding answers to the question that that Dr Syama Prasad Mukherjee who was in good health when he entered Jammu, how did his life end within a month? An enquiry should be done into this. The entire nation and Dr Mukherjee's mother asked for an enquiry, but Pandit Nehru did not authorize a statement into this. History has told us this," he added.
Agreeing with the party working president, BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said that while Congress claimed that Mukherjee's death was a closed and settled issue, it was time to open an enquiry into Mukherjee's mysterious death.
"There has been no enquiry into his murder after he went to Jammu, protesting against Article 370. Now is the time to enquire into this issue. If Congress says why we are enquired into a settled issue then we wish to say that there are many such issues that have been closed as 'settled' issues. This issue is important for India's pride, unity and self-respect," he said.
Earlier in the day PM Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and many other BJP leaders remembered Mukherjee on his death anniversary, paying tribute to the father of the Jan Sangh. BJP West Bengal has held an event in Kolkata marking the death anniversary of Mukherjee on Sunday.
Dr. Syama Prasad Mukherjee was born in Kolkata. He was the founder of Jan Sangh and served as the Minister of Commerce and Industries from 1951 to 1952 in former PM Jawaharlal Nehru ministry. During his tenure, he laid the foundation of India’s industrialisation by introducing some flagship factories across the country, one of which was Bhilai Steel Plant.
Following Gandhi's assassination in 1948, he founded the Bharatiya Jana Sangh on 21 October 1951 in Delhi after prior consultation with the RSS chief M.S. Golwalkar and became its first president.
Protesting against the special status granted to Kashmir, Mukherjee went to the state in 1953. But, he was arrested on 11 May in Lakhanpur and was put under house arrest in Srinagar during which he fell seriously ill due to his cardiac complications on 22 June and was admitted to a nursing home. Mukherjee subsequently died at 2:30 am on 23 June. His mother, Jogmaya Devi, wrote to Nehru for an inquiry commission to look into her son’s death, but her request was rejected.