Expelled BJP leader Jaswant Singh remembered what his grandfather had told him to drive home the point that L.K. Advani had not stood up for him — just as he had done for him when the latter was caught in a row in 2005 over his remark on Pakistan’s founder Mohammed Ali Jinnah.
On his arrival in Delhi, Singh said: “I always remember what my grandfather told me. ‘Always remember every favour done to you, but forget what you do for others’.”
This was in response to a question on what he thought of Advani not backing him in his hour of trouble.
Singh said he stood up for Advani against the treatment meted out to him after his controversial visit to Pakistan. “I believed that he (Advani) did not say anything that was incorrect.”
Advani had been forced to resign as BJP chief by the RSS for his writing in the visitor’s book at Jinnah’s memorial that he wanted Pakistan to be a secular state.
Singh also contended that the “resolution” on Jinnah in the aftermath of Advani’s Pakistan visit, which the BJP cited to show him the door, was not a party resolution but just a statement of leaders.
“I am not in violation of any party beliefs," he said, adding he had written about Jinnah's constant changing of positions that contributed to Partition. “Certainly the Congress leaders were responsible as were the British,” he said.
Singh claimed that he had wanted to publish his book on Jinnah much earlier but was told by Advani and BJP president Rajnath Singh to wait till the Lok Sabha elections were over.
Asked where he would sit in the Lok Sabha, he said, “Whichever seat the Speaker allots me.”
Asked if he would remain Chairman of Parliament’s public accounts committee as he was nominated by the BJP, he said, “time will tell you”.
In his brief interaction with media before he left Shimla, Singh termed the Gujarat government’s decision to ban his book Jinnah — India, Partition, and Independence as “unfortunate’’ and said that the ban on book amounted to “a ban on thinking”.