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Sep 13, 2009 at 04:28pm IST

Ramesh joins row over Jinnah

Bhopal: Union Minister and senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh today waded into the controversy over M A Jinnah by comparing the Pakistan founder to one of the Hindu trinity of pantheons--Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.

In an apparent reference to expelled BJP leader Jaswant Singh's praise of Jinnah and the support he got from some party leaders, Ramesh said BJP "does not have much love for Jinnah but it hates Jawaharlal Nehru and the hatred for Nehru has transformed into love Jinnah".

He said Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Jinnah were the "Brahma (creator), Vishnu (provider) and Shiva (destroyer) of undivided India".

CAUGHT IN CONTROVERSY: In a meeting in Bhopal, Ramesh equated Jinnah to Shiva.

"Who were the Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva of unidivided India? Brahma was Mahatma Gandhi, Vishnu was Jawaharlal Nehru and Shiva was Jinnah", Ramesh told reporters.

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