Jaswant Singh of India, a BJP leader who admired Jinnah
Jaswant Singh of India, a BJP leader who admired Jinnah, dies at 822
After suffering a heart attack at 82, the veteran Indian politician and the man who celebrated Jinnah, Jaswant Singh of India, died, The News said. According to a statement by an Indian army-run hospital, Singh, who had held several portfolios under the previous governments of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), was admitted to the hospital on June 25 because of many diseases.
Initially, the former Indian foreign minister entered the army as a soldier, but quit to seek a career in politics in the 1960s. He was one of the founder members of the BJP, the new ruling nationalist Hindu ruling party. When the BJP came to power from 1998 to 2004, Singh was elected to the Indian Parliament nine times and served as Minister for Defense, Economy, and Foreign Affairs.
In 2009, in his book, Jinnah: India, Partition, Democracy, he was expelled from the party for praising the founder of Pakistan, Muhammed Ali Jinnah. He distanced himself from the BJP in 2014 and unsuccessfully stood for election as an independent candidate, although he was let back in later. “In a series of tweets, Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered condolences over Singh ‘s passing, saying he” will be remembered for his rare viewpoint on political and social issues.
Modi said on Twitter that Singh “diligently served our country, first as a soldier and later during his long association with politics.” He managed important portfolios and left a clear mark in the realms of banking, security and external relations.
“Saddened by the death of him.”