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Bandh observed in Sardar Patel's birth place over Singh's book

A total bandh was observed on Friday in Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's birthplace Karamsad in the district Anand, protesting certain references to the leader in the book written by expelled BJP leader Jaswant Singh.

india Updated: Aug 21, 2009 22:59 IST

A total bandh was observed on Friday in Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's birthplace Karamsad in the district Anand, protesting certain references to the leader in the book written by expelled BJP leader Jaswant Singh.

The bandh call was given by trustees of Sardar Patel Smarak Trust (SPST) who have demanded an apology from Singh for his comments on Patel in his book Jinnah-India, Partition, Independence.

All the educational institutes, offices and business establishment in Karamsad and Vallabhvidhya Nagar town remained closed in support of the bandh call.

According to police, the bandh was peaceful and no untoward incident was reported.

"What Singh has written about Sardar Patel is untrue. It is distortion of facts. We want a public apology from Singh for the comments on Sardar Patel in his book," Ullahas Patel, a trustee said.

"We have also submitted a memorandum in this regard to the Anand district collector," he said.

The Narendra Modi government had on Wednesday banned the sale of Singh's book.

Meanwhile, NSUI (National Students Union of India) members burnt an effigy of Singh near Sardar Patel University in Vallabhvidya Nagar.

"Jaswant Singh has tried to defame a great leader like Sardar Patel," NSUI leader Alpesh Purohit said demanding a nation-wide ban on the book. A total bandh was observed on Friday in Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's birthplace Karamsad in the district Anand, protesting certain references to the leader in the book written by expelled BJP leader Jaswant Singh.

The bandh call was given by trustees of Sardar Patel Smarak Trust (SPST) who have demanded an apology from Singh for his comments on Patel in his book Jinnah-India, Partition, Independence.

All the educational institutes, offices and business establishment in Karamsad and Vallabhvidhya Nagar town remained closed in support of the bandh call.

According to police, the bandh was peaceful and no untoward incident was reported.

"What Singh has written about Sardar Patel is untrue. It is distortion of facts. We want a public apology from Singh for the comments on Sardar Patel in his book," Ullahas Patel, a trustee said.

"We have also submitted a memorandum in this regard to the Anand district collector," he said.

The Narendra Modi government had on Wednesday banned the sale of Singh's book.

Meanwhile, NSUI (National Students Union of India) members burnt an effigy of Singh near Sardar Patel University in Vallabhvidya Nagar.

"Jaswant Singh has tried to defame a great leader like Sardar Patel," NSUI leader Alpesh Purohit said demanding a nation-wide ban on the book.