New Delhi, Jul 3: In display of growing bonhomie between the BJP and the Odisha-based Biju Janata Dal (BJD), senior parliamentarian from the regional outfit Bhartruhari Mahtab on Wednesday backed saffron party's demand for a probe into the death of Jana Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee.
Raising the issue of death of the Late Mookerjee in controversial circumstances in 1950s, Mr Mahtab, during the Zero Hour in the Lok Sabha, said that a demand for a thorough probe into the mysterious death of the deceased leader was made by the West Bengal assembly and the state government earlier.
"A demand was made specially to then Home Ministry to conduct an investigation and find out what was the cause of death of Mookerjee," he said pointing that the Jana Sangh founder was Independent India's first Industry Minister.
He also pointed out that his father Harekrushna Mahtab had succeeded Late Mookerjee as the Industry Minister later.
"Both of them had (Harekrushna Mahtab and Late Mookerjee) visited my constituency Cuttack in 1950 and Syama Prasad Mookerjee was accorded a very warm welcome," Mr Mahtab said.
"Later he founded Bharatiya Jana Sangh and fought the mistakes in interpretation of Article 370 and later also Art 35 (A)....But there was a resolution moved by West Bengal assembly and sent to the Union government for an impartial investigation," he said and insisted that the incumbent Modi government should now order a probe.
"I would urge upon the new dispensation should take it up and conduct impartial inquiry into the death of Syama Prasad Mookerjee," the MP from Cuttack said.
On June 23, on the death anniversary of the Late Mookerjee, the ruling BJP had demanded that there should be a probe into the mysterious circumstances those led to the death of the legendary leader.
".....ab waqt aa gaya hae ki puri jaanch honi chahiye (It is high time now that there should be a probe into the death of Syama Prasad Mookerjee)," BJP leader Syed Shahnawaz Hussain has said.
Born on July 6, 1901, the Late Mookerjee breathed his last on June 23, 1953.
Bharatiya Jana Sangh is the precursor of the BJP.
Speaking at party headquarters, BJP Working President J P Nadda also had slammed country's first Prime Minister Pt Jawaharlal Nehru for not ordering an inquiry into the death of the late leader.
".....his (Mookerjee's) health deteriorated and he died under mysterious circumstances on June 23, 1953....The entire nation leapt up in protest demanding answers to the question that Dr Syama Prasad Mukherjee who was in good health when he entered Jammu, how did his life end within a month? A probe should be done into this.
The entire nation and Dr Mukherjee's mother asked for a probe, but Pt Nehru did not order any probe".
Mr Nadda also had recalled how the Late leader had differed with country's first Prime Minister Pt Nehru on his Kashmir policy.
"Late Mookerjee regarded Nehru-Liaqat Ali pact as an appeasement policy," Mr Nadda said.
The Liaquat–Nehru Pact (or the Delhi Pact) was a bilateral treaty between India and Pakistan signed on April 8, 1950. (UNI)