New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party has denied the Barmer seat to senior leader Jaswant Singh, who wanted to contest from there, and instead given the ticket to Colonel Sona Ram Choudhary. Jaswant, who has been fielded from Dahod in Gujarat, had expressed his desire to contest from his home town Barmer.
Reacting to this, Jaswant said, "I have not taken any decision, will react on party's decision soon."
Meanwhile, Jaswant Singh's supporters in Barmer say that he will file the nomination papers as an Independent on Monday. He will reach Barmer on Sunday and also address a rally as a show of strength before filing nominations papers.
The MP from Darjeeling in West Bengal had threatened that if he was not given the Barmer seat, then he would contest as an Independent from there. Speaking to CNN-IBN, Singh had said, "It has been a pleasure to contest from Darjeeling but this will be my last election so I want to go back to my hometown," he said.
According to sources, Rajasthan Chief Minster Vasundhara Raje Scindia was seeking a ticket for Colonel Sona Ram Choudhary.
Apart from Barmer the party released three more names for Rajasthan on Friday. Dr Manoj Rajoriya has been put up from Karauli-Dholpur (SC), Sanwarmal Jat from Ajmer and PP Choudhary from Pali.
Jaswant Singh is very close to Lal Krishna Advani and former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. But the RSS always considered him an outsider.