Jaswant Singh Expelled From BJP

Singh, who is contesting the Lok Sabha poll as an Independent in Rajasthan\'s Barmer constituency, was expelled after he refused to withdraw his candidature.

Published: 29th March 2014 11:00 PM  |   Last Updated: 30th March 2014 09:31 AM   |  A+A-

Jaswant2PTI
By PTI

Veteran leader Jaswant Singh was Saturday expelled from the BJP after he refused to withdraw his nomination as an independent from Rajasthan's Barmer parliamentary constituency, party sources said Saturday.

He has been expelled for six years.

Singh was upset over ex-Congress leader Sona Ram Choudhary being given the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ticket from Barmer, his home turf, and filed his nomination as an independent Monday, daring the party to sack him. "I will not say goodbye till the party says goodbye," he said.

The party leaders had indicated they were waiting to see if he withdraws his nomination. However, as the last day for withdrawal ended Saturday with Jaswant Singh still in the fray, the decision to expel him was taken.

Jaswant Singh has maintained that no party leader approached him over the issue.

He had earlier been expelled from the party in 2009 over his book on Mohammad Ali Jinnah, but was taken back in 2010. On Monday, he had said it was a mistake to rejoin the BJP, especially after the way he had been expelled.

"Perhaps it was an emotional weakness that I joined the BJP again though all my relatives and friends had sought to dissuade me."

He represents Darjeeling in 15th Lok Sabha, a seat now being contested by S.S. Ahluwalia.

The veteran leader held many portfolios in the national cabinet including finance, external affairs and defence during the NDA regime (1998 to 2004).

 

Also Read

Rajnath Singh, Vasundhara Raje Betrayed Me: Jaswant Singh

Jaswant Singh: From Policy Maker to Political Rebel

Vasundhara Raje Hits Back at Jaswant Singh

I am not Going to Withdraw: Jaswant Singh 

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp