February 7 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday invoked first Deputy Prime Minister of India Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, while criticising the Congress party in the Lok Sabha for "dividing the country".
But, he claimed that Liaquat Ali Khan remains stubbornly obsessed with an imaginary idea of getting Hyderabad-Deccan which was neither connected by Rail nor Road with Pakistan.
Soz also pointed out that his forthcoming book, Kashmir: The Complete Story, has all the details about it.
"Patel consistently offered Kashmir to Pakistan, but Liaquat Ali Khan was stubbornly obsessed with an imaginary idea of getting Hyderabad-Deccan".
Former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Chaudhri Mohammad Ali and Senior Muslim Leader and Minister Sardar Shaukat Hayat Khan have lamented Liaquat Ali Khan's attitude towards this matter in their thought-provoking books.
"History is based on facts and it can hardly help politicians who present their own perceptions as facts of history", Prof Soz said.
PM Modi said if former deputy prime minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel would have been the first prime minister of the country, then entire Kashmir would have been of India.
On Wednesday, Modi tore into the Congress while replying to the Motion of Thanks on President's Address, blaming the party for "dividing India". What sort of democracy was that?
In a sarcastic tweet, the Congress MLA said, "If Sardar had been Prime Minister, neither would RSS exist, neither BJP be born, nor Modi Ji would have become Prime Minister". Saifuddin Soz revealed that Sardar Patel had offered Kashmir to Pakistan. Historian S Irfan Habib quoted Patel as saying in 1949: "It is good that we have agreed to partition in spite of all its evils; I have never repented my agreeing to partition". "Talk of Hyderabad and Kashmir and we could reach an agreement".
Patel repeated this offer publicly at a meeting in Junagadh on 11 November, as mentioned in The Emergence of Pakistan.