Upset Jaswant Singh says BJP will pay soon for denying him ticket; political analysts see no impact
Perturbed over denial of Lok Sabha ticket from Barmer, former Union Minister and senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh filed his nomination as an independent candidate from the same seat. BJP's decision of offering Barmer ticket to Col. Sonaram Choudhary, who has migrated from Congress, left Singh in rage.
Singh is a sitting MP from Darjeeling
in West Bengal. He has
expressed his willingness to fight probably the last election of his
political career from Barmer because he was born here. Soon after
filing nomination he spoke to media and openly expressed his
unhappiness with BJP president rajnath Singh.
Singh, as reported by media, said, "I had suggested Vasundhar
Raje's name for Chief Minister (of Rajasthan). I pitched for Rajnath
Singh for President. They have betrayed me." He said that BJP would
pay soon for not giving him the ticket.
The senior BJP leader attacked the
party leadership for denying him a ticket and said one needs to
distinguish between the "real" and the "fake" BJP. He also
alleged that the party has been taken over by "outsiders".
Reacting on the Jaswant Singh's
episode, Professor of Political Science at JNU, Dr. Vidhu Verma said, "Though Jaswant Singh is politically relevant but people are
seeking a young leadership. BJP might suffer no loss even if he walks
out as party doesn't feel his presence is that much important."