Rebellious BJP leader former External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh today filed his nomination for the impending Lok Sabha polls from Barmer parliamentary constituency. Mr Singh, who was denied the saffron party ticket, today reached the DEO office along with supporters and submitted his papers as an Independent before the District Electoral Officer here.
Prior to this, the former Defence Minister has reportedly Spoken to BJP patriarch LK Advani over telephone and sought his blessings.
The BJP has given ticket to the Congress defector Col Sonaram Chaudhary who has joined in the BJP fold about a week ago.
“Who are the people who have hurt you? One is the BJP president who has hit me for the second time. The conspiracy was hatched by Vasundhara Raje. I say with regret and pain that these two persons have sort of betrayed me, cheated me.
The betrayal is not with Jaswant Singh alone but with BJP’s principles and ideologies,” he said while addressing supporters after filing his nomination.
As BJP president in 2009, Rajnath Singh had expelled him from party in a manner in which even a “peon” is not sacked, Jaswant Singh said, adding that he got carried away by emotions when he joined back the party.
The former Union minister said he had informed Advani almost 18 months back of his wish to contest his last election from hometown Barmer and then told Rajnath Singh and L K Advani a few weeks back.
“No announcement was made about Barmer in first few meetings (of CEC). I called up Rajnath Singh.
He informed me the next day that I won’t be given ticket…. Who was given ticket? Not a BJP worker but somebody who joined BJP from Congress and had been abusing us till recently. I was very hurt,” he said.
Singh recalled his long association with the party’s founder leaders Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L K Advani and lamented its current state of affairs. “I have taken a step for Barmer. Relief is what I am feeling right now.” he said.