RSS chief to visit Jammu Tuesday

June 21st, 2009 - 10:28 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party Jammu, June 21 (IANS) Right-wing Hindu group Rashtriya Sawayamsewak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Rao Bhagwat and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rajnath Singh will visit the Jammu and Kashmir winter capital Tuesday.
The two leaders would be here to observe the death anniversary of the founder of Jan Sangh, Syama Prasad Mukherjee, who died in a Jammu and Kashmir prison June 23, 1953.

Mukherjee was imprisoned for entering the state without a proper permit in violation of the Article 370. His entry was in protest against the separate constitution, head of the state and flag of Jammu and Kashmir.

Mukherjee wanted that Jammu and Kashmir be declared as an integral part of India and governed like any other state of the country.

Those days a special permit was needed to visit the state, which had its prime minister (wazeer-e-azam) and president (sadr-e-riyasat). The nomenclature of heads was later changed to chief minister and governor respectively and the special permit too was abrogated.

But the state continues to enjoy special status under Article 370 with its own flag and constitution.

The RSS and BJP have been demanding revocation of the article.

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