Jaswant expelled summarily and shabbily: Govindacharya
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Last Updated: Monday, August 24, 2009, 17:34
New Delhi: Coming to the defence of expelled BJP veteran Jaswant Singh, former party leader KN Govindacharya on Monday said the party top brass should have read the book and summoned Singh for an explanation instead of "summarily and shabbily" dismissing him.

"The manner in which Jaswant Singh was expelled does not behove of a political party... though no member is indispensable, the destiny of a party worker cannot be decided over a cup of tea," Govindacharya, once a BJP ideologue, told reporters.

He said the BJP should have asked its intellectual cell to study the book, set aside a week for this purpose, summoned Jaswant Singh for an explanation and only then removed him.

Govindacharya termed it as "summarily and shabbily" done expulsion and a "knee-jerk action taken in a hurry".

The former aide of senior BJP leader LK Advani said it was the democratic right of an individual to write a book.

Taking a dig at Advani, he said it was not clear whether Jaswant was expelled over his comments praising Pakistan founder MA Jinnah or for his views against Sardar Patel.

"The barrel of the gun was turned towards Patel as it was felt that targeting him (Jaswant) on Jinnah may affect others," he said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, August 24, 2009, 17:34

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