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Dinsha Patel for banning Jaswant's book on Jinnah nationwide

india Updated: Aug 22, 2009 00:09 IST

Senior Congress leader and Union minister Dinsha Patel on Friday demanded a nation-wide ban on Jaswant Singh's controversial book Jinnah - India, Partition, Independence.

"I have decided to write a letter to the Prime Minister demanding a nation-wide ban on the book by Jaswant Singh as the ban only in Gujarat will not serve the purpose," Patel said.

"There need to be more steps against the book," the minister of state of micro, small and medium scale industries holding an independent charge said after inaugurating a nursing college here.

Patel claimed the book tarnishes the image of Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Patel and other leaders closely associated with freedom movement and glorifies MA Jinnah.

The Minister said the information in the book was "incorrect" and demanded that the sale, export and retailing of the book be banned across the country. He also intends to meet the author and demand documentary evidence supporting his claims about Nehru and Sardar.

"Any reference showing these leaders in bad light is not agreeable to the people of the country," he said

Patel said without a nation-wide ban on the book, it would be difficult to stop its availability.

The Narendra Modi government had on Wednesday banned the book, saying that it was an attempt to tarnish the image of the country's first Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

Union Minister of State for Power Bharat Solanki said that BJP should know that there may be more leaders in the party who subscribe to a smiliar ideology as Jaswant and reffered to LK Advani's remarks on Jinnah.