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JAMMU: True that Syama Prasad Mukherjee laid his life in Srinagar Jail on 23rd June 1953 but this supreme sacrifice was neither to win elections for the BJP in his home state of West Bengal 66 years later nor to corner political opponents in the great patriot’s Karambhoomi of Jammu and Kashmir ahead of much awaited assembly elections. The observance of death anniversary of the great Bengal leader on large scale this year is also aimed at undermining the authority of Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee, who stands marginalized after losing 18 parliamentary seats to the BJP. From BJP’s National President and Home Minister Amit Shah to the State’s senior leader and Minister of State in PMO Dr Jitendra Singh, several leaders invoked the spirit of Mukherjee and raised questions over his ‘mysterious death’ in Srinagar Jail but nobody spoke about the legendary patriots legacy-Ek Nishan, Ek Vidhan, Ek Pradhan. If rulers of the 50s, both in New Delhi and Srinagar, can be held responsible for their roles in the tragic death of the most celebrated patriot, can’t questions be asked to BJP leadership as to what they did in realizing his vision? BJP can’t afford to shy away from answers. If they are not able to fulfill the last wish of Syama Prasad Mukherjee despite such a brute majority in the Lok Sabha now when shall they do so? The BJP’s record of the past few years on accomplishment and realization of its core agenda has been dismal. They can generate passions and create euphoria but when it comes to deliverance, they simply raise hands like they did in the past over five years. The proponents of ‘Ek Vidhan, Ek Pradhan, Ek Nishan got so intoxicated by lust of power that they took pride in fluttering two flags on their luxurious cars and swearing by the separate constitution of Jammu and Kashmir. Instead of feeling apologetic for bartering the legacy of Mukherjee for few loaves of power, they lost the sense of proportion and started behaving like New Viceroys before the people who voted them to power. They saw nothing beyond the corridors of power and had no remorse for betraying and ditching Jammu and of course the entire country. Jammu and Kashmir has been pivot of BJP’s political philosophy. The founder of its original Avatar, the Jana Sangh, Dr Syama Prasad Mukherjee laid down his life on this sacred soil with cherished desire of Ek Nishan, Ek Vidhan, Ek Pradhan. This philosophy has been a guiding force for millions of selfless workers who strived till last to see this happen. Ironically, the Jammu BJP leaders have been boasting of the supreme sacrifice of Mukherjee and at the same time feeling no hesitation in bowing before the Kashmir centric leadership. They auctioned Mukherjee’s dream for Mission +44 five years ago and are preparing to do so even now. The BJP slaughtered Mukherjee’s vision after aligning with the PDP post 2014 elections to hoist a coalition in Jammu and Kashmir. This was a strange climb-down from forming its own government to willingly playing second fiddle to the architects of the dangerous self-rule agenda. Mukherjee sacrificed his life for total integration of Jammu and Kashmir with the Indian domain but the revised version of Jana Sangh became cradle and cushion for the PDP, which stood for a supra State having sub-nationality and sovereignty; which envisaged elimination of the sources of ethno-territorial conflicts, ‘entrenched in the traditional notions of sovereignty, self-determination, national and ethnic borders’; which dreamt of integrating the region without disturbing the existing sovereign authority over delimited territorial space; which believed in sharing sovereignty; sharing of power between two levels of government, for the sharing of sovereignty in a coordinated but not subordinated to one another, each exercising supreme sovereignty in its constitutional prerogatives. Immediately after aligning with the PDP, Mufti Mohammed Sayeed’s government provoked the BJP by issuing a circular, making it mandatory for all the constitutional authorities including ministers, to hoist or display the State flag alongside the Tricolour. Why was such circular necessitated at all? Did any of the BJP ministers refused or declined to hoist the State flag on their cars as a mark of commitment to Shyama Prasad Mukherjee’s slogan? They, in fact, took pride in roaming across the city and in their respective constituencies in white SUVs bedecked with two flags. They were so power drunk that everything appeared rubbish to them. BJP worked overtime to justify the issuance of circular with its spokesperson accusing the opposing political parties for making it an issue. He reminded them that both the flags had been displayed since 1952 by successive governments in the State and by all ministers and legislators of all the political parties. Like the government circular, the BJP spokesperson too referred to the Clause IV of Delhi Agreement-1952 maintaining that Jammu and Kashmir will have its own flag. He cited certain historical reasons for this.
The BJP did not stop there. After divorcing the PDP, it tried to wear wedlock with Sajjad Lone’s Peoples Conference which came up with Achievable Nationhood document that envisaged distancing of Jammu and Kashmir from India; that stood for a separate nationhood, quite opposed to Ek Nishan, Ek Vidhan, Ek Pradhan. In desperation of retaining power, they ignored this document, which says, “The state of Pakistan supports the claim of right to self determination of the people of J and K, subject to narrowing down of the right of self-determination to two options of accession to India and accession to Pakistan. A vast majority of the people of J and K equate right to self-determination with the concept of an Independent homeland… the support for an independent homeland is massive across all the provinces of the state of J&K.”
The BJP has lost Mukherjee’s agenda in the din of excitement to scale the ladder of power. This is hurting the compatriots. Mukherjee had taken a position on permit system and Do Pradhan, Do Nishan and Do Vidhan. He had been arrested while crossing Pathankot into the territory of Jammu and Kashmir without passport and in the process got jailed, where he breathed his last. Rest is mystery and history, which the BJP seems to have forgotten after graduating from Shakhas to Shasan.
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