BJP expels Jaswant Singh for six years
March 29, 2014 - New Delhi
- Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader and former Defence minister Jaswant Singh was expelled from the party for six years.
- The decision to expel Jaswant Singh was taken by BJP president Rajnath Singh days after Jaswant filed his nomination as an independent candidate to contest Barmer in Rajasthan.
- According to the BJP constitution, any party member contesting against the party's official candidate is liable to be expelled.
- Jaswant Singh said that no senior party leader had contacted him on withdrawal of his nomination. He added that he felt betrayed by Rajnath Singh and Vasundhara Raje, even though he supported both of them for BJP president and Rajasthan chief minister posts respectively.
- BJP has not allowed Jaswant Singh to contest from his home state for one last time. Instead the party has given ticket to former Congress leader Colonel Sonaram Chaudhary.
- This is the second time Jaswant Singh was expelled from BJP. In 2009, he praised founder of Pakistan MA Jinnah in his book Jinnah - India, Partition, Independence.
- It is now an interesting race in Barmer, the former Defence minister Jaswanth Singh contesting an Independent against BJP official candidate Colonel Sonaram Chaudhary who is Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje's choice.
- Jaswant Singh's daughter-in-law Chitra Singh inaugurated his election office in Barmer on Saturday
- His son Manvendra Singh, who is a BJP MLA from Sheo in Barmer, is keeping a low profile as he doesn't want to get in middle of the fight between BJP and his father.
- The party also expelled another rebel leader Subhash Maharia, a former Union minister, who is contesting as an independent in Sikar, Rajasthan.