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Amar Singh invites Jaswant to join Samajwadi Party

Agencies  New Delhi, August 25, 2009
First Published: 16:06 IST(25/8/2009) | Last Updated: 18:51 IST(25/8/2009)

Amar Singh on Tuesday invited Jaswant Singh to join the Samajwadi Party saying that the expelled leader was treated in an unjust manner by the BJP. He also added that on the Jinnah issue the SP was closer to Jaswant Singh than the BJP.

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Jaswant Singh was recently expelled from the BJP for extolling Mohammad Ali Jinnah in his book Jinnah: India, Partition, Independence. He wrote that Jinnah was a "great man" who has been "demonised" in India.

Jaswant Singh's expulsion has led to fissures within the BJP with senior leader Arun Shourie also coming out in the open with his views against the party calling it "kati patang" and called Rajnath Singh "Alice in Blunderland". Shourie also urged the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the parent ideologue organisation, to take more control of the BJP.

But Amar Singh did not extend the same offer to Arun Shourie, the other dissident BJP leader.

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