BJP of today not same: Jaswant Singh
Expelled Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Jaswant Singh on Sunday said the BJP of today is not the same as the one of Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L K Advani.
In a statement issued a day after his expulsion from the BJP for filing his nomination as an Independent from Barmer in Rajasthan, Singh said: "I am saddened that the BJP of today is not the party that Atal Bihari Vajpayee, LK Advani and Bhairon Singh Shekhawat had envisioned and aspired it to be."
"A party that puts the whims of individuals before the greater good of people, has certainly lost its vision," he said.
Days after Jaswant Singh filed his nomination papers in the Barmer Lok Sabha constituency as an Independent candidate to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha polls from his place of birth, India's main opposition party expelled him.
Singh has been expelled from the party for six years after he did not withdraw his nomination papers.
A letter addressed by BJP General Secretary J P Nadda to Rajasthan state party chief Ashok Parnami as published in the party website said the move was made as the BJP constitution did not allow party men to contest as independents against its official candidates.
Singh, who had last time won from Darjeeling in West Bengal, had filed the nomination after being denied a ticket by the BJP from the Barmer constituency in Rajasthan.
The party has also expelled Subhash Maharia for six years
He is contesting as an independent in Sikar Lok Sabha constituency in Rajasthan.
(Posted on 30-03-2014)