Former Indian FM Jaswant Singh returns to BJP party 10 months after expulsion

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Ten months after he was expelled by India's opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for complimenting Father of Pakistan Muhammad Ali Jinnah in a book, former Indian foreign minister Jaswant Singh has been welcomed back by the party, said party officials Thursday.

"It is a day of great happiness for all of us," Party President Nitin Gadkari said here. "I look forward to his attendance at every party meeting."

Welcoming Jaswant Singh back to BJP, senior leader and former President of BJP L.K. Advani said: "With happiness, there is a sense of relief."

Jaswant Singh himself has exuded confidence and happiness.

"It is good to be back among familiar faces," Jaswant Singh told reporters here.

Former foreign minister during the BJP government in the country a nearly decade ago, Jaswant Singh said that the humiliation he suffered when he was expelled from the party was compensated by "extreme graciousness shown by Advani."

"I express my great gratitude to Advani who took the initiative some months back. He telephoned me and asked if I would speak to him. I was humbled by that," Singh said.

"Then Advani asked if I would meet with him. He said we would treat this chapter as closed," Jaswant Singh informed.

In his book "Jinnah: India, Partition, Independence" published last year, Jaswant Singh said Jinnah should not be blamed for the 1974 partition of Indian subcontinent into India and Pakistan due to the political circumstances at that time.

Source: Xinhua


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