JASWANT SLAMS BJP . TO CONTEST FROM BARMER INDEPENDENTLY
Upset over the denial of a Lok Sabha ticket, senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh will hold a rally in Barmer on Monday. He will file his nomination papers from Barmer as an independent while asserting that he is “not a piece of furniture” to be “adjusted” after polls. He has also made it clear that the party will have to suffer the consequences of internal strife coming to the fore ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.
Jaswant Singh says strife will hurt BJP in polls training his guns on BJP president Rajnath Singh who said the 76-year-old leader’s services will be utilised appropriately, Jaswant Singh retorted, “I am not a piece of furniture.
The choice of the adjective ‘adjust’ itself is indicative of the mentality. You cannot adjust with principles and it is insulting”. Slamming the BJP president’s remarks that the party will compensate him after the elections, Singh said, “I reject the thought and I reject the mentality behind it. Assumption is that they shall form the government and offer me some throttle. They can keep it for themselves”. Jaswant Singh is, however, not resigning from the party yet and said he would consult his colleagues before taking that decision.
On the specific query about his resignation in the wake of his 48-hour
deadline to the BJP, the party stalwart said, “I will speak about this
after consulting my colleagues and others in Barmer and then take a
decision.” Sushma Swaraj pained at Lok Sabha ticket denial to Jaswant Singh
In Delhi, Congress leader Kapil Sibal when asked about the Jaswant
Singh row, said Narendra Modi has “takeover” BJP but his prime
ministerial ambitions will not be realised as he has to get the
backing of 120 crore Indians.
Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj had on Sunday sparked a controversy
saying the decision on Jaswant Singh’s ticket was not taken at the
party’s Central Election Committee meeting and there must have been
some reason for the “unusual” denial of ticket to him. She said she
was “saddened” at Singh not being given a ticket.