Jaswant gets more flak for praising Jinnah, BJP dissociates
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Last Updated: Tuesday, August 18, 2009, 19:51
  
Mumbai: Flaying BJP leaders for heaping praise on Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray on Tuesday said calling the Pakistan founder secular was an insult to all those who shed their blood for India's independence.

"(L K) Advani created an ideological confusion by lauding Jinnah. Jaswant Singh has added to it," Thackeray said in an editorial in Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana.'

The BJP's unambiguous response to the controversial book came from party president Rajnath Singh who said the "painful" part of history where Jinnah played an "important role" in the division of India cannot be wished away.

"Views expressed by Jaswant Singh in his book 'Jinnah -- India, Partition, Independence' does not represent views of the party. In fact, the party completely dissociates itself from the contents of the book," Singh told reporters here.

In his book, Jaswant has held Jawaharlal Nehru responsible for the partition of India and that Jinnah has been "demonised" in India.

Another party veteran Murli Manohar Joshi said Jaswant's portrayal of Jinnah was based on all "wrong facts." He also said "Mr Jinnah might be an idol, an icon for the Pakistanis, but he can never be an ideal or an icon for us Indians."

Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray led the party's offensive against Jaswant when he flayed BJP leaders for heaping praise on Jinnah. "Calling the Pakistan founder secular was an insult to all those who shed their blood for India's independence."

"(LK) Advani created an ideological confusion by lauding Jinnah. Jaswant Singh has added to it," Thackeray said in an editorial in Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana.'

RSS spokesman Ram Madhav said his outfit "totally disagreed" with Jaswant's formulation on Jinnah and there is no way the country can "absolve" the Pakistani founder of his role in partition.

Bureau Report


First Published: Tuesday, August 18, 2009, 19:51


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