Kolkata, Jun 6 : West Bengal on Friday remembered former Union Minister and Jana Sangh founder Dr Shyama Prasad Mookerjee on his birth anniversary.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee remembered Mookerjee on the occasion. Remembering former Union Minister Shyama Prasad Mookerjee on his birth anniversary, Ms Banerjee posted on her social networking page. State Agricultural Marketing Minister Arup Roy paid floral tributes to Dr Shyama Prasad Mookerjee on his birth anniversary.
The ruling Trinamool minister said that West Bengal government used to celebrate the birth anniversary of the former parliamentarian every year.
The state BJP also celebrated Mookerjee’s birth anniversary in several functions across the state. BJP state president Dilip Ghosh paid tribute to Mookerjee at a function in Baharampur in Murshidabad district. Party National Secretary Rahul Sinha garlanded Mookerjee’s statue in Kolkata while senior BJP leader Mukul Roy paid tribute to Mookerjee at a function in front of Calcutta University’s College Street campus.
Dr Mookerjee was born on July 6, 1901 to a Bengali family in Calcutta. His father was Ashutosh Mukherjee, a judge of Calcutta High Court. His mother was Jogmaya Devi Mukherjee. He served as Minister for Industry and Supply in India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s cabinet. Later, he quit the Congress party and founded Bharatiya Jana Sangh in 1951. Mookerjee had also served as the president of Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha (ABHM) from 1943 to 1946.
He was strongly opposed to Article 370. The leader died due to a heart attack in 1953.