After senior Congress leader Saifuddin Soz triggered yet another controversy by claiming that Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel wanted to gift Kashmir to Pakistan, Republic TV's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami confronted him. Soz reiterated his stance and insisted that he just stated the fact about Patel's wish. He also said that he never said anything about Sardar Patel and Jawaharlal Nehru.
"Nehru and Sardar Patel were great sons of India, I never said anything against them. Both Nehru and Sardar Patel built a great India in their own way," said Saifuddin Soz.
He also claimed that it was not Jawaharlal Nehru but Mountbatten who referred the matter to the United Nations.
"Nehru did not refer the matter to the UN, it was Mountbatten," said Soz.
When he was asked about the backing given to his party by the terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba, Soz said, "I don't care for Hafiz Saeed or what Pakistan says. I belong to people of India, I belong to the people of Kashmir."
On further prodding, Saifuddin Soz removed him mic and walked away.
Earlier in the day, Soz has claimed that leader of Independent India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, had offered Kashmir to Pakistan in exchange of Hyderabad.
When Republic TV confronted Soz on his recent statement, he defended his remark and said:
“See, you only know half of the story. Patel (Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel) and Nehru (Jawaharlal Nehru) were two great sons of India. It was in good faith that he offered Pakistan, because Patel wanted to avoid war, and Liaquat Ali Khan not understanding him in the partition council. Liaquat Ali Khan insisted on Junagarh Hyderabad region. Patel was telling him don't talk about Hyderabad because it is not connected with you by any means, so, you only talk of Kashmir don't talk of Hyderabad Deccan . Patel thought Pakistan wanting a war and he wanted to avoid war. So, in the larger interest of subcontinent and in good faith he said don't talk about Hyderabad and take Kashmir and, then Lord Mountbatten over a dinner meet told Liaquat Ali Khan that I offer you a proposal by the strong man of India take Kashmir but don’t talk of Hyderabad.”
Soz also made a u-turn on his earlier remarks and said that he was not backing Musharraf and that media misread his statement.
“Party is always supreme. Party workers are always in a smaller situation. I have no grudge against the party. I am not backing Pervez Musharraf. Media misreading me . Musharraf is a side issue. I stressed on point that independence is not possible in Kashmir,” he said.