New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday paid tribute to Bharatiya Jana Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee on his birth anniversary, describing him a “statesman” and “profound thinker”.

“Today we pay our tributes to the respected Syama Prasad Mookerjee on his birth anniversary. He is remembered as a great leader with an invaluable contribution to the nation. He always emphasised on education among the youth,” Modi said in a message.

“He was a statesman, way ahead of his time and a profound thinker whose thoughts have been widely appreciated,” he added.

Mookerjee was born on July 6, 1901. He founded the Bharatiya Jana Sangh in 1951.

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