BJP, RSS call second struggle to abolish Article 370

via IANS published on March 20, 2010

New Delhi : At a place where the Bharatiya Jana Sangh’s founder Shyama Prasad Mookherjee broke the permit restriction to visit Jammu and Kashmir in 1953, leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) Saturday called for a ‘second struggle’ for abolition of the Constitution’s Article 370 and complete integration of the state with the rest of India.

Leaders from the BJP, including party president Nitin Gadkari, former deputy prime minister L.K. Advani and others, and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat addressed a public rally after unveiling a memorial at the Madhopur bridge near Pathankot town in north Punjab, 280 km from Chandigarh, to mark Mookherjee’s sacrifice.

The memorial has been named ‘Ekta Sthal’ (Unity monument) and has been set up near the bridge as a tribute to Mookherjee. It was from the Madhopur bridge that Mookherjee, who was a minister in the first government in independent India, had entered Jammu and Kashmir by defying the permit restriction on May 11, 1953.

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