The 67th anniversary of Dr. Syama Prasad Mukherjee was celebrated here in the BJP office on Wednesday as “Balidan Diwas”.
BJP State Secretary General Lokula Gandhi, who attended as the main guest, described Syama Prasad Mukherjee as a “great nationalist”. Born on July 1, 1901 in a poor family in Calcutta (Kolkata), he was first elected as MLC from West Bengal on the ticket of the Indian National Congress and had served as finance minister in the province of Bengal from 1941-42.
BJP district parliamentary president Raveendra Medapati said Jawaharlal Nehru gave Syama Prasad Mukherjee a chance in his interim government after independence. He resigned as minister on April 6, 1950 and opposed the signing of the Delhi Agreement by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and his Pakistani counterpart Liaqat Ali Khan in 1949. He founded the Bharatiya Jana Sangh on October 21, 1951 in Delhi.
Syama Prasad Mukherjee spoke out against the slaughter of cows and Article 370, which gave Jammu and Kashmir a special status, said Raveendra.
Among the participants were the party leader Visakhapatnam K. Lakshminarayana, the official spokesman for the state Suhasini Anand, the person in charge of the parliamentary district Anakapalle SVS Prakash Reddy, the general secretary of the district Prasad KVSN, the district Mahila president U. Sujata Raj and the OBC Morcha president Palli Srinivasulu Naidu.