Leaders must learn to accept no: Arun Jaitley
Amid media speculations that Jaswant Singh will file nomination papers as an independent candidate from Barmer constituency in Rajasthan, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley on Sunday said political leaders may have to take “no” as an answer to his desires.
"Membership of political party is a privilege. It is also an act of self oppression where personal views and ambitions are subjected to the collective wisdom of the party. At times, the party may flood leaders with privileges and positions. On other occasions, the leader may have to take “no” as an answer to his desires. How does a politician or a leader react to such “no”? He must accept the decision with a smile. This becomes a test of his loyalty and discipline. Restraint and silence are always a preferred option. Over-reaction may prove be a transient storm in a tea cup. Silence is always dignified and more gracious," Jaitley said on his official website.
Jaitley said that a leader must accept a 'no' from his political party and it is in such situation when his discipline and political loyalty are to be tested.
"In the election season, many political persons desirous of being candidates succeed in getting a party nomination. Many more get left out. A political party is built upon the support of millions of political workers who have sacrificed their time and energy without ever aspiring to hold elected office. What does a politician do when after a successful political career the party is unable to accommodate him once? That is when his discipline and political loyalty are to be tested," Jaitley wrote.
On being denied a ticket by BJP to contest the Lok Sabha polls from Rajasthan's Barmer constituency, Jaswant Singh expressed his displeasure over the party's working style.
Media reports also said that Jaswant Singh will file nomination papers as an independent candidate from Barmer constituency in Rajasthan.
The BJP, in its sixth list of candidates, has instead given the ticket to Colonel Sonaram Choudhary .
Singh had reportedly told the BJP leadership that he wanted to contest from the Barmer constituency in Rajasthan.
He has been fielded from Dahod in Gujarat.
The BJP on Friday released the sixth list of candidates.
(Posted on 24-03-2014)