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Vajpayee rallies behind Advani on Jinnah

June 07, 2005 12:46 IST

Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Tuesday endorsed party president Lal Kishenchand Advani's view on Pakistan founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah, which the latter made while in Pakistan.

Vajpayee is the first person in the party to openly endorse Advani's statement. He added that Advani's remarks on Jinnah were 'misinterpreted'.

Senior Congress leaders like Sarojini Naidu had also made similar remarks about Jinnah, Vajpayee told reporters at the Bhuntar Airport near Kullu shortly before his departure for Delhi.

The former PM added that Pakistan's founder leader had played an important role in the freedom struggle.

Describing Jinnah as the 'Janak (Father)' of Pakistan, Vajpayee said the Qaid-e-Azam had wanted India and Pakistan to live in harmony but his intentions were not supported by other Pakistani leaders.

Advani's comments on Jinnah during his recently concluded week-long visit to Pakistan had raised the hackles of the Sangh Parivar, which has demanded that he withdraw the comments.

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Sub: Vajpayee and Advani

Vajpayee adn Advani are NOT tweedledom and tweedledee. They are patriotic Indians more than the Togadias or Singhals. They have proved their worth as able ...

Posted by Hariharan Balakrishnan

Sub: Now Advani's turn

Well dear Vajpayeeji, we knew Advani was ignorant of Indian history - but did not know that you too were! Sarojini Naidu did make comments ...

Posted by Manoj Sharma

Sub: Good Decision

It is good decison taken by Advani. It is was very bad on Advanji's part to a praise Jinnah who divided this Akanda Bharath. The ...

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The saffron should send them both home together with that third old man they call Sudarshan. A depreciation of more than ninety percent has taken ...

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Sub: Vajpayee's support to Advaqniji's stand

Let both S/Sri. Vajpayee and Advani renounce their connection with RSS before taking such unscrupulous stand on Jinnani. It is a well known fact that ...

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