Rajnath cracks the whip, expels rebel Jaswant Singh for six years

Singh is contesting as an independent against the party's official candidate Sonaram Choudhary.

New Delhi | Updated: March 30, 2014 9:35 am

BJP president Rajnath Singh on Saturday night expelled party veteran Jaswant Singh, who is contesting the Lok Sabha election as an independent from Barmer in Rajasthan against the party nominee, after he refused to withdraw his candidature on the last day of withdrawal of nominations.

Jaswant Singh was expelled for six years, a party statement said. BJP general secretary J P Nadda communicated the decision to Rajasthan BJP chief Ashok Parnami late Saturday night.

The BJP also expelled former Union Minister Subhash Maharia for contesting as a rebel in Sikar against the party nominee.
Jaswant Singh is contesting as an independent against the BJP’s official candidate Sonaram Choudhary who had crossed over from the Congress recently.

The statement said action was taken against Singh, former External Affairs and Finance Minister, and Maharia as the BJP constitution does not allow partymen to contest as independents against its official candidates.

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Denied nomination, Singh had attacked the party leadership. This is the second time in five years that Jaswant Singh has been expelled from the BJP. In 2009, he was shown the door after his book praised Pakistan founder Mohammed Ali Jinnah. But he was taken back into the party fold in June 2010.

The current rebellion came close on the heels of Advani’s reluctance to contest the Lok Sabha election from Gandhinagar. Advani’s move was seen as an attempt by the old guard to embarrass the party’s new leadership under Narendra Modi and Rajnath Singh. The top brass reached out to Advani and made him reconsider his position. In addition, tough posturing by the RSS too made Advani relent and he agreed to contest from Gandhinagar.

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  1. Banda Gangaraju
    Mar 30, 2014 at 7:26 am
    If he wins the election, then BJP will readmit him and add to their strength in L.S.
    1. K
      Mar 30, 2014 at 6:23 am
      There was a ray of hope during the embly elections with Mr Modi taking charge of BJP's campaigning that it would provide a far better governance, if elected to power in the centre. But, seeing the way the party is admitting and giving tickets to all and sundry, irrespective of their tainted colors, it looks as though BJP would be no better than Congress. Presently, its aim appears to somehow capture power. This is not to say that Mr Jaswant Singh should not be shown the door. The party could have given the ticket to some deserving person amongst its flock. Although Mr Modi has been canving all around the country, other than rightly criticizing the dynastic character of Congress and playing with verbal jugglers, he has not revealed how his government would be better. He doesn't answer pointed questions on gas pricing and multi-b retailing posed by Mr Kejriwal. Both he and Mr Rahul hi are neither ready for debate with Mr Kejriwal nor able to face journalists before cameras.
      1. Rupak Bandyopadhyay
        Mar 30, 2014 at 6:44 am
        It's a good decision of BJP and all non performing leaders should note it.JASWANTJI , ,AT BEST ,WILL TRY TO WASH DIRTY LINEN IN PUBLIC, post expulsion, ,and will ONLY prove that he was interested in personal well- being with BJP flag rather than confronting the obstacles for inner party democracy or overall health of the party.
        1. uutham%40gmail uutham%40gmail
          Mar 30, 2014 at 6:29 am
          Although I am not in favor of Rajnath sing as BJP top boss, but this action of his (kicking Jaswant sing out) tells us, he wants discipline in Party. The should have been done to Advani too.