New Delhi: BJP General Secretary, Ram Madhav, compared Congress President, Sonia Gandhi’s opposition to police action in Kashmir to former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s opposition to Sardar Vallabhhai Patel’s decision of police action to merge the state of Hyderabad to the Indian Union in 1949.
Ram Madhav wrote in Facebook, “Like their leader Sonia today in the case of Kashmir, Nehru too was opposed to police action taken by Patel in Hyderabad at that time.”
Quoting K. M. Munshi’s book ‘Pilgrimage to Freedom’ he claimed that Nehru was upset with the developments in Hyderabad and called a special meeting of the Defence Committee of the Cabinet a day before the scheduled march into Hyderabad. Nehru excluded the three Chiefs of Staff for the meeting.
Just a little time before the march the British army chief also tried to defer the action of the Indian security forces but Vallabhbhai Patel was adamant and ordered the march at the decided time.
Once the military appeared on the scene the power of the Nizam collapsed suddenly and the state of Hyderabad ceded to the Indian union.
Madhav’s statement comes after Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee President, N. Uttam Kumar Reddy for saying that only Jawaharlal Nehru and Patel played key role in the merger of Hyderabad and also blamed BJP for distorting history.
The Congress leader also made fun of Madhav saying that despite being from Andhra Pradesh he was not aware of Telangana’s history.
Ram Madhav gave a befitting reply to Uttam Kumar Reddy saying that ‘such silly regionalist’ comments had destroyed Congress in Andhra Pradesh and it will happen in Telangana soon.
He also told, “I don’t know how much this man knew about Telangana liberation and the roles played by the then Congress leaders like Prime Minister Nehru. I hope Telangana Congress President won’t say Patel and K. M. Munshi were Gujaratis and hence didn’t know about Hyderabad.”
Madhav followed it with experts from Munshi’s book which outlined Nehru’s dislike for police action in Hyderabad.