Underlining that Indo-US ties go
way back in history, former External Affairs Minister Jaswant
Singh today said US President Barack Obama`s visit was simply
an extension of those of his two immediate predecessors.
The demand for a separate Gorkhaland state to be carved out of West Bengal brought senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran LK Advani and expelled party leader Jaswant Singh together in Parliament Monday.
Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar
on Friday said she would go only by rules and regulations on BJP`s
demand for removal of expelled party MP Jaswant Singh from the
chairmanship of the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament.
Even as main opposition BJP
mounted pressure for removal of its expelled leader Jaswant
Singh as Chairman of Public Accounts Committee (PAC), he has
been appointed a member of yet another Parliamentary panel.
In the midst of infighting within
the BJP, the RSS on Saturday said it was exchanging notes with the
party leaders to see whether there was any need for the Sangh
to extend support to it in its hour of crisis.
Senior BJP leader Yashwant
Sinha, who had raised questions of accountability in the wake
of poll drubbing, today launched a fresh attack on the party
leadership by criticising the expulsion of Jaswant Singh.
In a veiled attack on expelled
BJP leader Jaswant Singh, RSS has said Mohammed Ali Jinnah is
a "hate figure" in the collective Indian conscience and any
attempt to change his image in the country is "destined to be
Union Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi on Saturday said Jaswant Singh`s argument in his book that Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Patel were also responsible for the partition
of India "does not deserve a reply."
Darjeeling MP Jaswant Singh`s expulsion from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will not affect the movement for a separate Gorkhaland state to be carved out of West Bengal, according to leaders of the movement here.