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Mamata, TMC minister pay tribute to Syama Prasad Mookerjee

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee paid homage to Bharatiya Jana Sangh (BJS) founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee on the latter’s 117th birth anniversary through a post on Twitter.

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee paid homage to Bharatiya Jana Sangh (BJS) founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee on the latter’s 117th birth anniversary through a post on Twitter. In her tweet, the Trinamool Congress supremo addressed Mookerjee as a “former Union Minister”.

“Remembering former Union Minister Shyama Prasad Mookerjee on his birth anniversary,” she wrote on Twitter. Mookerjee had served as a Minister of Commerce and Industry in the Interim Central Government headed by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru from 15 August 1947 to 6 April 1950 as an elected representative of the Hindu Mahasabha.

 

Arup Roy, the Minister of Co-operation, paid tribute to Mookerjee by offering flowers before a statute of the Kolkata-born leader.

“Mookerjee’s birth anniversary is celebrated by our government every year,” Roy was quoted as saying by ANI.

“He was a good citizen of the nation and BJP wasn’t formed when Mookerjee was alive,” said Roy parrying obvious questions on how a TMC minister is honouring a politician whose party was the precursor of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

In March this year, a bust of Mookerjee was vandalised in Kolkata following the toppling of a Lenin statue in Tripura. Seven people, including a woman, were arrested by the police who said that the bust was blackened and its eyes and ears damaged, apparently with a hammer.