L K ADVANI unveiled the statue of Jana Sangh founder Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee at the Vijay Nagar square at an impressive function here on Friday.
The square, which is now going to be called Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee square, is the first important intersection for people entering the City while traveling on the Agra Mumbai Road.
Stressing the importance of Dr Mukherjee in the history of the nation and his sacrifice for the unity and integrity of the country, Advani said that it was only due to Dr Mukherjee that Kashmir was still with us.
He reminded that Dr Mukherjee had objected to the fact that even in the early 50s it was necessary to take a permit to travel to Jammu and Kashmir and no one could hoist the national Tricolour beyond Pathankot in Jammu.
“Dr Mukherjee’s protest and subsequent death resulted in the permit law being scrapped and the process of integrating Kashmir with the rest of India started,” he said. Advani said Dr Mukherjee’s sacrifice for the unity and integrity of the country would always be remembered and his tradition still continues today.
In this context he warned the UPA Government that they would never accept a joint-management of Jammu and Kashmir with Pakistan, as was being proposed by the Centre.
BJP State president Narendra Singh Tomar, BJP national vice-president Sumitra Mahajan, who also spoke on the occasion, said that had it not been for Dr Mukherjee, India would have lost Kashmir.
Sumitra Mahajan went so far as to say that the entire Kashmir belonged to India. PWD Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya informed Advani about the development works that had taken place in the City in the past few years. Mayor Uma Shashi Sharma gave the welcome address.
The entire stretch of Agra Mumbai Road between LIG Square and the function venue at Vijay Nagar Square was festooned with banners and posters of local and national BJP leaders along with that of Dr Mukherjee. BJP enthusiasts, all of them followers of Vijayvargiya had prepared over a dozen podiums along the stretch of road to welcome Advani.