<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 78-year-old writer and a former journalist who claims to have written a book on the life and achievements of Hindutva icon Dr Shyama Prasad Mookerjee on the insistence of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is now struggling with the current government in buying those books from him.Harish Chander whose book Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee- A Contemporary Study was published in the year 2000 and was released by Vajpayee himself has found no takers, not even in the current BJP government. So far, only around 1000 books have been taken, some by the current External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s office and some others by the Gujarat governor in the year 2000, claims the writer. The writer had published a largenumber of copies.”I have written numerous letters to all the state governors, officials in the central government and even to the office of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and asked them to get these books from me but nobody responds. A party that has won millions of votes on Dr Mookerjee’s name, is not even ready to accept him now,” says Chander.Dr Shyama Prasad Mookerjee is a Hindutva icon, one of the main founders of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, that later evolved itself into the present Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). PM Narendra Modi had mentioned his name at various places during his election campaign in the year 2013, making people aware about how Mookerjee fought for the cause of making Kashmir an integral part of India and had a great contribution to India’s history.”Having wooed people into giving them votes in the name of a leader, BJP is now ignoring their leader,” he added.The letter that Chander has written to Modi’s office reads, “On the instructions of Atal ji and Sahani ji (Kidar Nath Sahani) I wrote a book on Dr Shyama Prasad Mookerjee which was released by Vajpayee ji.””I was promised by Vajpayee ji that I will be compensated or rewarded for writing the book, but instead I have been punished as if I have committed a sin as thousands of books are lying unsold. I met your cabinet ministers also, they assured me but did nothing,” the letter added.After having received no response from the government, as a last resort of protest, the writer has now published an advertisement in a newspaper, appealing the Prime Minister and the cabinet ministers to buy the books from him.”I researched and published the book on the insistence of BJP leaders and now they are refusing to get those books from me. I do not have a personal interest here, I was just following orders. I have done everything that I could do to draw the attention of the government. Publishing an advertisement in the newspaper was like a last resort for me,” he added.Officials in BJP, when contacted refused to speak on the matter.
A week after Harish Rawat won the trust vote in Uttarakhand assembly, nine rebel Congress MLAs joined the BJP despite reservations of its state unit on Wednesday.The BJP leadership inducted the MLAs, including Vijay Bahuguna, after a long meeting with state leaders, including BC Khanduri, Bhagat Singh Koshiyari, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and state unit chief Ajay Bhatt. The state unit had expressed it’s concerns about the fallout of the Congress rebels coming into the party fold in the elections next year. according to sources.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The state leaders also conveyed that the political developments, the imposition of president’s rule and the trust vote had sent a negative message hurt the party’s image, sources said.There was speculation that a tenth Congress MLA may join the BJP later.The state leaders along with incharge Shyama Jaju held a meeting with party president Amit Shah.The final decision, however, was left to Shah.The state leaders felt Congress rebels joining the party could affect equations in constituencies, which the nine Congress rebels had represented and lead to more factionalism. The BJP leaders would also want tickets from the same seats.
BJP on Saturday resolved to demand declassification of files related to the death of Shyama Prasad Mookherjee, founder leader of Bharatiya Jana Sangh, BJP’s forerunner.The working committee of state BJP resolved to ask the Mehbooba Mufti government in Jammu and Kashmir to declassify all files and correspondence related to the death of Mookherjee, a party spokesman said in a statement here. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mookherjee is given credit by his supporters for abolition of the permit system which prevailed in Jammu and Kashmir requiring non-state subjects to carry a permit before entering the state. While trying to illegally enter the state, he was arrested on May 11, 1953, and died as on June 23, 1953, under mysterious circumstances. Mookherjee had also opposed the then Congress government’s decision to grant Kashmir a special status with its own flag and Prime Minister, saying, “Ek desh mein do Vidhan, do Pradhan aur do Nishan nahi chalenge (One country can’t have two constitutions, two prime ministers and two emblems)”.
A multi-layered security blanket has been thrown over Raipur and Rajnandgaon districts for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s tour of Chhattisgarh, on Sunday. Modi will launch a number of schemes including the key ‘Rurban mission’ at Kurrubhat village in Rajandgaon, while upcoming state capital Naya Raipur will also witness unveiling of several programmes.The Prime Minister will arrive at the Swami Vivekanand Airport in Raipur at 8.45 AM by Air Force’s special plane and will leave for Satya Sai Hospital where he will lay foundation stone of dwellings to be constructed under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna, a public relation official said here.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Modi will then leave for Kurrubhat by a chopper where large-scale deployments of police and paramilitary forces have been made in and around the village. Modi will launch the Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission at around 11.00 AM.Special Protection Group (SPG) officials in coordination with state police and paramilitary officials are dealing with security arrangements, a senior police official told PTI said. The multi-layered security will keep a hawk eye at the venue where everybody will be frisked before entering.Armed guards have been deployed at all strategic locations, he said, adding patrolling has been intensified in interior forest pockets adjoining Maharashtra border, he said.Under the Rurban mission, a cluster of smart villages will be developed on lines of smart cities. In the first stage, four districts — Rajnandgaon, Dhamtari, Kabirdham and Bastar — will be covered under the scheme where development works will be carried out in four different clusters which will draw an investment of Rs 120 crore, the public relation official said.