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Arun, Sushma in war of words over denial of Barmer ticket to Jaswant

Mar 23, 2014 11:30 AM IST Politics Politics
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New Delhi: With the BJP leadership under severe criticism for sidelining its senior leaders, the war of words between the top brass over ticket distribution for Lok Sabha elections has got bitter.

Amritsar candidate Arun Jaitley has hit out at party colleague Sushma Swaraj for her remarks against the party's decision to deny the Barmer seat to veteran leader Jaswant Singh.

Sushma Swaraj had on Saturday said that the decision on Barmer seat was not taken at BJP's Central Election Committee meeting. But Jaitley on Sunday replied, "All the decisions are taken by the party, not by CEC."

Sushma Swaraj, the Leader of Opposition in the 15th Lok Sabha, had on Saturday made it clear that she was hurt with the party's decision on Jaswant Singh, who is a founder-member of the BJP.

Jaitley refused to make any more comments on Jaswant Singh and his course of action for the Lok Sabha elections. "I have already shared my views on Jaswant Singh. Don't want to comment anymore," he said.

This is not the first time that Jaitley has been critical about Sushma. He had earlier in his blog indirectly hit out at her for opposing the re-induction of BSR Congress leader B Sriramulu into the party.

Even as Sushma made her point on the Barmer seat row, the BJP leader avoided to make it evident that there was indeed a bitter bickering within the party saying, "This is not an ordinary decision and there must be a reason for it."

Party spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi rallied behind BJP's call on Barmer seat as he said, "Whenever there is a change such incidents are bound to take place. Jaswant Singh is a senior leader, even our party president has said we will honour Jaswant Singh. But at times some decisions taken by the party might not suit an individual's taste."