In 1950, the Constituent Assembly of Independent India adopted a constitution committing the country to Parliamentary Democracy as its system of government.
Till then, Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerji was a member of Pandit NehruтАЩs Cabinet, holding the important portfolio of Industrial Development. In the Constituent Assembly, along with Pandit Nehru, Sardar Patel, Dr. Ambedkar and others like Dr. K.M. Munshi etc., Dr. Mookerji also played a critical role in shaping IndiaтАЩs constitution.
With the constitution framing task completed and the country poised at the threshold of its first General Election, Dr. Mookerji decided to part company with the Congress Government, launch a party of his own, and seek the support of the masses on issues like Kashmir, Tibet, ChinaтАЩs designs, plight of Hindus in Pakistan-both West and East, and the urgent need to make the people realize that our countryтАЩs economic progress could not be achieved by imitating western models. All these were issues on which he differed very sharply with Pandit NehruтАЩs way of thinking. On several of these matters even Sardar Patel did not agree with Pandit Nehru.
In 1951, thus, Dr. Mookerjee founded the Bharatiya Jana Sangh. Those of us who are in the BJP today and were old enough at that time to aspire making some worthwhile contribution to free IndiaтАЩs nascent democracy were attracted towards Dr. MookerjiтАЩs thinking. Our political yatra thus started in 1951 and except for a Click to Read More
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