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Sardar Patel Was Keen To Give Kashmir To Pakistan, Alleges Saifuddin Soz

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| June 26 , 2018 , 12:48 IST

Senior Congress leader Saifuddin Soz at his book launch on Monday in New Delhi claimed that Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was keen to give Kashmir to Pakistan in exchange of Hyderabad during the partition time and that it was Nehru who saved Kashmir and insisted that Kashmir should remain with India.

“From the very first day, Sardar Patel was adamant that Kashmir should go to Pakistan. In the partition council, he tried his level best to convince Liaquat Ali to take Kashmir and leave Hyderabad-Deccan and there was a fight, Sardar Mohammed Ali and our Reddy was there. Sardar Patel told Liaquat Ali, don’t even talk about Hyderabad-Deccan. It isn’t even connected with Pakistan. You leave Hyderabad to us, and take Kashmir.” Soz said to The Print.

“I will tell you a very fascinating story,” Soz said.

“When our army landed in Srinagar, the same afternoon Mountbatten went to Lahore. There was a dinner with Governor of Pakistan, Liaquat Ali Khan, and four Pakistan ministers. Mountbatten said I have brought a message from the strongman of India, Sardar Patel. Take Kashmir and forget Hyderabad-Deccan, it’s not even connected with you,” he added.

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As per media reports, Congress party had asked all its leaders to remain away from the event, but former Union minister Jairam Ramesh attended the event.

Initially, it was decided that Former Union minister P Chidambaram will release the book, but he went by the party decision and did not attend the event.

At the event, Soz clarified that Congress had nothing to do with the book and that as it was his book, he was responsible for it.