New Delhi: Senior RSS leader Seshadri Chari on Wednesday said that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh played no role in the expulsion of veteran leader Jaswant Singh from the BJP.
Chari said the RSS had reservations about Jaswant Singh’s views on Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, but added the decision to expel the leader was solely BJP’s.
The BJP could not have accepted Jaswant Singh’s views in totality, he added.
“I think a person of Jaswant Singh’s stature has every right to write a book and have his personal views. However, I also think a person of Jaswant Singh’s stature cannot say the views are his personal and don’t represent party’s ideology,” Chari told a news channel.
“Jaswant Singh ji tried to establish a fact which is not a fact… as everyone knows that Jinnah had a role in Partition,” he added.
Meanwhile, BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli said the decision to expel Jaswant Singh was taken by the party as “a way forward”.
Commenting on the way the decision was taken, Kohli said: “He (Jaswant Singh) gave multiple interviews before the launch of his book. BJP president Rajnath Singh also yesterday dissociated the party from those comments. Since all the top party leaders are present at the chintan baithak, which will continue for two more days, the decision was taken today.”