Jaswant Singh files nomination from Barmer

Senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh has filed his nomination papers from Barmer as an independent candidate on Monday. Jaswant Singh said that he will contest the elections on the basis of his principles. Earlier, 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. Targeting Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and BJP chief Rajnath Singh, Jaswant claimed he had helped the two rise in prominence but they had now turned against him. “There is nothing like a favour in politics,” Jaswant said. “Atal Bihari Vajpayee, L K Advani and I were travelling together. Advani had asked me who would be a suitable candidate for the chief minister’s position in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. For UP, I had suggested Uma Bharti and for Rajasthan I recommended Vasundhara Raje.
“Raje would spend endless evenings at my place strategising and making plans for the future. Even for Rajnath Singh, I had backed him for the party president’s post. Today these people have back-stabbed me,” Singh told a massive rally in Barmer. He recounted how Vajpayee had invited him to become the first general secretary of the party and of the formative years of the BJP and its ideology. He called the decision to ignore his request to be given a ticket from his home turf despite strong backing from the local cadre as “dictatorial”.