BJP president Amit Shah flew to Jammu on Saturday to address a rally in order to mark the “historic martyrdom anniversary” of Jana Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee, days after his party’s decision to withdraw support from the PDP-led government in Jammu and Kashmir.
The BJP president launched a book on the life of Syama Prasad Mookerjee and said that he was ‘killed’ because he opposed the implementation of Article 370, which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir. The saffron party chief also said that Jammu and Kashmir is a part of India due to the efforts of the Jana Sangh founder, as he reasserted his own party’s commitment to keep the nation’s territorial integrity intact.
He said Mookerjee laid down his life to integrate Jammu and Kashmir with the country along with Praja Parishad’s movement. Asserting that Mookerjee is an inspiration for the people and BJP activists across the country, Shah said he endangered his life and later sacrificed it in a bid to integrate Jammu and Kashmir with India.
Shah said that the Mookherjee had watered the roots of the state’s integration with India with his own blood.
Apart from that, Amit Shah came down heavily on his party’s former alliance partner in Jammu and Kashmir, the Peoples Democratic Party, indicating that the BJP has started early preparations for the Lok Sabha elections in 2019.
Shah, who is on a day-long trip to the winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir, was accorded a rousing reception with party’s youth wing taking out a bike rally from the airport to the state guest house.