NEW DELHI: Union Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal has accused former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru of dishonouring the Nehru-Liaquat pact, under which Hindus displaced from Pakistan were supposed to get properties located in India in exchange for properties of those who had left for Pakistan.
While emphasising upon the importance of Citizenship (Amendment) Act, Meghwal targeted Nehru, saying that he neglected those who fled Pakistan post-partition.
The Union Minister alleged that Nehru refused to give the Jinnah House in Mumbai to Ram Gopal Mohatta whose ancestral palace in Karachi was acquired by Muhammad Ali Jinnah, even after Jinnah's sister offered it in exchange.
"Ram Gopal Mohatta was a close aide of Maharaja Ganga Singh and his family owned a palace in Karachi that hosted leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and Jinnah. The grandson of Mohatta had narrated the sufferings faced during the partition. He said that Jinnah told them to leave their palace. The palace became Jinnah House," claims Meghwal.
"Mohatta received a call from his younger brother Shiv Rattan Mohatta about Jinnah asking them to leave their palace in Karachi. Jinnah told the family to leave the palace at the earliest. The whole family left. Jinnah's sister Fatima told Mohatta to take her property in Mumbai in exchange. However, Nehru refused to give that property to Mohatta," said Meghwal who was speaking at the 158th birth anniversary celebration of Bharat Ratna Madan Mohan Malaviya.
"There was a period of three months in which these properties exchanges were to take place. Nehru refused the property to Mohatta. He said Jinnah used to tell that his property should not be given to anyone," said the minister.