BJP comes to Jaswant Singh's defence
BJP on Tuesday came to the defence of its senior leader and former External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh who has trigerred off a controversy with his references to the Kandahar hijack, Gujarat riots and 'revelations' about a 'mole' in the PMO in his memoirs.
However, the saffron party without being critical virtually disagreed with Jaswant Singh's remarks on the 'mishandling' of the Gujarat riots saying, "Chief Minister Narendra Modi handled the situation in the most competent manner."
"He (Singh) has not written anything controversial. The Congress is indulging in a propaganda against him. He has not stated anywhere in the book that any ransom was paid for the release of IC 814 hostages," BJP Deputy Leader in Lok Sabha VK Malhotra told reporters in New Delhi after an hour-long meeting of the BJP Parliamentary Party in New Delhi, chaired by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Asked about Singh's reference to the "mishandling" of the Gujarat riots in his book 'A Call To Honour', he said, "everybody knows what happened in Gujarat was not something good.
But Chief Minister Modi's competence in dealing with the situation has been widely praised. Never in any riots, 200 people were killed in Army firing alone."
Singh too has made no reference to Modi in his book but listed the riots and the inability to control the demolition of the disputed site at Ayodhya among the party's low points.
Malhotra said Singh has sought time with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for handing over the documents pertaining to the 'mole' in PMO during PV Narasimha Rao's tenure and would 'clarify' his position to the media.