Responding to Abdullah’s comment, Union minister of state for personnel and public grievances Jitendra Singh on Sunday urged the NC patron to “reread history.”
Bringing out the contentious debate over the Partition of India, National Conference chief and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah on Saturday claimed that Muhammad Ali Jinnah didn’t want a separate country for the Muslims and the partition happened because Indian top leaders – like Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Patel and Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad – refused to accept minority status for Muslims and Sikhs in the country.
Speaking at a function at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan in Jammu, Abdullah said, “Jinnah was not going to divide the country. The commission was delivered and the decision was taken that India would be divided. It said we will keep a special representation for Muslims. We will keep special dispensation for minorities and Sikh, but will not let the nation divide.”
Stating that the Indian leaders’ refusal to the commission led to Jinnah’s demand for Pakistan, Abdullah said, “Jinnah agreed but Jawaharlal Nehru, Maulana Azad and Sardar Patel did not agree. When this did not happen it was then that Jinnah demanded for Pakistan. Or else there would have been no separation. There would have been no Bangladesh, no Pakistan; there would have been one India.”
Further decrying the misuse of religion for political and electoral gains and elaborating the attempts by divisive forces in the state with an eye on ensuing elections, the NC patron said that Jammu and Kashmir has to flourish and progress as a single entity.
However, responding to Abdullah’s comment, Union minister of state for personnel and public grievances Jitendra Singh on Sunday urged Abdullah to “reread history.”
“He is requested to reread history. We have references which indicate that Mahatma Gandhi himself had suggested to Jinnah that if he agrees to withdraw demand of Pakistan’s creation, Gandhi would persuade Cong to accept Jinnah as PM of undivided India,” said Singh.
“But Jinnah wasn’t impressed by the suggestion possibly because he felt it wasn’t easy for him to gain acceptability as India. Nehru was also in hurry to take over as the Prime Minister. Lots of opportunistic adjustments were done by patriarch of National Conference Sheikh Abdullah,” he added.
Singh also stated that, “Mahatma Gandhi himself had suggested to Jinnah that if he agrees to withdraw demand of Pakistan’s creation, Gandhi would persuade Congress to accept Jinnah as prime minister of undivided India.”