Talking about ideologies, BJP is considered to be a staunch follower of their pro-Hindu ideologies under their master RSS & supreme Sangh Parivar. They are such strong believers to go as far as expelling a veteran leader who has been a stalwart of the party and has served the party for three decades. A man who had been appointed at three different posts during NDA government – Yes, I am talking about Jaswant Singh. BJP has set such examples before by asking Mr. L.K.Advani to step down from the post of the party president after his pro-Jinnah comments in Pakistan. BJP deserves an applause for standing up for what they believe in. But wait a second, did BJP just invite Jaswant Singh back into the party? Now is that what we call a steadfast follower of one’s own ideology?
On August 17, 2009, Jinnah-India, Partition, Independence authored by Jaswant Singh was released. On August 19, 2009 Jaswant Singh was expelled from primary membership of the party. Sad was it because BJP didn’t even take the pain to issue a show cause notice. Painful it was because freedom of speech was restrained on terms of ideological deviation. It would be incorrect to say that most of the members of party who considered this deed as blasphemous did even study the book. In this book Jaswant Singh had declared Jinnah as a secular leader and considers Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel also responsible for partition. But people who defamed Mr. Singh didn’t notice that he had just not just praised Jinnah. He had also criticised Jinnah for his role in the partition.
He had just written the historical facts which do raise questions about the role of the congress party and Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru in the partition. Moreover, there is nowhere in the book where Mr. Singh has slandered Patel or other congress leaders. It just brings out a message that it was not Jinnah who was responsible for the partition. Nobody clearly knew Jaswant Singh’s intention in writing this book but it can be thought of as an action to bring the Congress party under scanner. He also might have thought of having a healthy debate on the topic of partition which up to this date remains topic of great mystery. Jaswant Singh then issued statements of never returning to the party which were expected from a dignified leader.
Ten months later Mr. Singh is back in the BJP. Both Mr. Singh and BJP leaders are very happy. This is seen as a move which would strengthen the party in coming elections. It is nice that it just takes “Past is Past” from Nitin Gadkari and words from L.K Advani to pacify Mr. Jaswant Sigh. The Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) feels that return of Jaswant Singh in the BJP would strengthen their movement for Gorkhaland. But a very important question arises is whether BJP has accepted the views of Mr. Jaswant Singh? What happened to those statements by Jaswant Singh of never returning back? Why doesn’t Sangh parivar now clarify this ideological deviation? What image does this portray of our political parties? This move may be a strong political decision on behalf of the BJP but it does malign BJP’s name and Sangh parivar for that matter-of-fact. It’s good that BJP has learned from mistakes it committed by removing Mr. Advani as party president which resulted to a great loss in the assembly elections. The real motive still needs to be found out but till then let’s just wish Mr. Jaswant Singh a happy stay at BJP.
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