Khurshid Slams Ban on Jaswant Book

With battle lines cutting deeper into the Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, top Congress leader and Union Minister Salman Khurshid on Saturday condemned the Gujarat state government’s decision to ban sacked BJP leader Jaswant Singh’s book, ‘Jinnah: India, Partition, Independence’.

He said that the contents of the book did not warrant such an extreme action. “I don’t think there is anything in the book for which a ban should be imposed,” he said.

He was speaking to correspondents after inaugurating the Delhi Book Fair where the book is on sale.

While calling for a mechanism to review any such ban, on books after the controversy surrounding them dies down, Khurshid said: “Such a ban should be imposed on the least number of books”.

Khurshid’s comments on the ban were in stark contrast to the studied silence maintained by the Congress party on the controversial book.

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