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Updated: August 18, 2009 16:52 IST

BJP dissociates itself from Jaswant's book on Jinnah

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BJP president Rajnath Singh during a protest against price rise of essential commodities in New Delhi on Monday. Photo: PTI
PTI BJP president Rajnath Singh during a protest against price rise of essential commodities in New Delhi on Monday. Photo: PTI

The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday dissociated itself from the book written by its senior leader, Jaswant Singh, praising Mohammad Ali Jinnah, saying the "painful" part of history cannot be wished away for which the Pakistan founder was responsible.

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

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

Mr. Rajnath Singh underlined that Jinnah had played an important role in the "division of India which led to a lot of dislocation and destabilisation of millions of people. It is too well known we cannot wish away this painful part of our history," he said.

He also objected to the reference made by Mr. Jaswant Singh to Sardar Vallabhai Patel. "The entire country remains indebted and proud of all the profound vision, courage and leadership of Patel," the BJP chief said.

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