| GEO World|
| Modi bans Jaswant book on Jinnah|
| Updated at: 1023 PST, Thursday, August 20, 2009|
AHMEDABAD: In a double blow for expelled BJP leader Jaswant Singh, Gujarat government tonight banned his controversial book on Jinnah alleging it is an attempt to defame the image of the country's first Home Minister Vallabhbhai Patel by "questioning his patrioric spirit".
"Jaswant Singh's book questions role of Sardar Patel during the partition of India as well as his patriotic spirit.
This is an attempt to tarnish the image of Patel who is considered the architect of modern united India," a statement issued by the Narendra Modi's government said.
"It is a bid to defame Patel by distorting historical facts," it charged.
"So, the state government has decided to ban the book with immediate effect for wider public interest," it said.
"As per the ban, there cannot be sale, distribution or publication of the book in the state," it said.