Jaswant Singh, one of the founding members of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in India, who was expelled From the Party for praising Muhammad Ali Jinnah, has died.
Jaswant Singh is known in both India and Pakistan for writing a book on Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan.
Former Indian politician Jaswant Singh has died at the age of 82. A military hospital in the capital New Delhi has confirmed that Jaswant Singh had been undergoing treatment at the hospital since June 25 due to various ailments. On the morning of Sunday, September 27, he had a heart attack, which proved fatal.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in various tweets expressed sorrow over the demise of Jaswant Singh and also paid tributes to him.
Modi said that Jaswant will be remembered for its unique views on political and social issues. Modi wrote in a tweet that Jaswant Singh has served the nation with great dedication, first as a soldier and then in politics.
Jaswant Singh also served in the Indian Army but in 1960, he said goodbye to the army and started practical politics. Jaswant Singh was one of the founding leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He was elected to the Indian Parliament nine times. From 1998 to 2004, when the BJP was in power, Jaswant Singh was the country’s defence minister, finance minister and then foreign minister.
Jaswant Singh was expelled from the Bharatiya Janata Party in 2009. This was due to the admiration of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan. In his book Jinnah, India, Partition and Independence, Jaswant Singh praised Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who was unpopular in the conservative circles of the Hindu nationalist party BJP.
After a hiatus, Singh was withdrawn from the party, but he split from the BJP in 2014. He then went on to win the election as an independent candidate.