Announcing a number of decisions of the government to honour JP, who had spearheaded the fight against the Emergency, Home Minister Rajnath Singh recalled how democratic institutions were 'muzzled' during the Emergency as he lauded the contribution of the socialist leader in uniting the country against the 'black chapter' of Indian history.

Singh at the same time rejected contentions that the decision on JP is aimed reaping political dividends in Bihar polls, saying that honouring the contributions made by such great persons and icons should not be seen from the prism of politics.

"This should not be linked with political gains or losses," the Home Minister insisted. BJP is facing a tough electoral battle in Bihar after the coming together of arch rival Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar.

Briefing the media along with Singh, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who hails from Bihar and had participated in the JP movement, targeted those who 'did nothing' for the socialist leader in the last 10 years despite being associated with the leader, a dig aimed at Prasad and Kumar who emerged in the political arena from the JP movement.

Calling himself a soldier of the JP movement, Prasad said it was 'an emotional moment' for him and recalled that it was the government led by NDA's Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee which gave Bharat Ratna to JP and also organized JP centenary year in 2002.

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