Speaking about his new book in an interview with CNN-IBN, Jaswant Singh called Jinnah a 'great Indian'. This statement invited the wrath of BJP which said that this was against the parties ideology.
In the book, 'Jinnah: India-Partition Independence" , Singh apparently praises Jinnah and blames Nehru and Patel for the Indo-Pak Partition. The BJP leaders skipped the book launch that took place on Monday, Aug 17 making their disagreement over the issue more evident.
Apart from BJP, RSS and Shiv Sena too expressed strong disagreement to this statement that eulogises Pakistan's founder.
Jaswant Singh on Wednesday, Aug 19 did not attend the opening session of 'Chintan Baithak' in Shimla that BJP was holding. Rajnath Singh has told the media that he called up Jaswant Singh and asked him not to attend the meeting.
Interestingly, a national political party chooses to sack its member for praising a Pakistani leader whose grandson, Nusli Wadi is the baron of Indian textile industry (owner of Bombay Dyeing) and is often hailed as 'the epitome of South Mumbai's old money and genteel respectability'.