Congress rejects Advani`s contention on Patel banning RSS
Last Updated: Saturday, August 22, 2009, 00:25
New Delhi: The Congress today rejected BJP leader L K Advani's statement that Sardar Patel had banned RSS at Jawaharlal Nehru's behest.

"BJP leaders have been maintaining so far that Sardar Patel was an iron man. Now they say he acted under pressure. I reject the contention that Patel used to work under pressure," party spokesperson Jayanthi Natarajan told reporters here.

Referring to Jaswant Singh's criticism of Patel and that he had banned RSS, Advani had today said "Jaswant is saying only half of what had happened and not the other half.

"One month later, Patel wrote a letter to Nehru saying that there is not an iota of evidence against RSS," Advani was quoted as saying by BJP leader Sushma Swaraj.

On whether Jaswant Singh's book on Jinnah should be banned, Natarajan said "we have not read the book" but added "we categorically reject the content of the book as reported in media".

Asked when will the party leaders read the book and give a clear cut reply on whether it should be banned, the party spokesperson remarked, "when history is distorted, when Jinnah is eulogised and other important freedom fighters are criticised, it does not become the bounden duty of Congress workers to read the book."

Bureau Report

First Published: Saturday, August 22, 2009, 00:25

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