NC chief absolves Jinnah; blames Nehru, Patel, Azad of partition

National Conference president Farooq Abdullah PTI

Abdullah, in a statement, had said that Jinnah was not in the favour of partition.

The Union Minister said Mahatma Gandhi had suggested to Mr Jinnah that if he agreed to withdraw his demand for Pakistan, Gandhi would persuade the Congress party to accept Mr Jinnah as Prime Minister of undivided India.

The comments drew strong reaction from Union minister Jitender Singh, who asked the NC chief to "re-read the history of the sub-continent", whereas state unit of BJP accused Abdullah of using selective quotes from history to rouse communal passions. "A lot of opportunistic adjustments were done by the patriarch of National Conference Sheikh Abdullah (father of Farooq Abdullah)", added BJP leader.

However, he said, Jinnah was not impressed by this offer because he knew that it may not be easy for him to gain acceptability as Prime Minister of India and therefore, he (Jinnah) insisted on the creation of Pakistan. The commission was delivered and the decision was taken that India would be divided.

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In a 2017 book on the events preceding the event, "Partition: The Story of Indian Independence And The Creation of Pakistan in 1947", noted military historian Barney White-Spunner, while taking a holistic view of the historic event, believed that it was Congress' inability to get along with the Jinnah-led Muslim League that led to the eventual Partition of British India. He continued that the commission said they will keep a special representation for Muslims.

He said, "Jinnah was not going to divide the country". They will keep special dispensation for minorities and Sikh, but will not let the nation divide. He said if it weren't for their refusal there would have been only one India.

Jammu, Mar 4 Kicking off a fresh controversy, National Conference president Farooq Abdullah today blamed the country's first prime minister Jawahar Lal Nehru, Maulana Azad and Sardar Patel for "division" of united India.



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