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I've worked for BJP for so many years, why should I quit, asks Jaswant Singh

Mar 23, 2014 09:52 AM IST Politics Politics

Jaipur: The Bharatiya Janata Party which is seen as the challenger to the Congress-led UPA in the coming Lok Sabha elections is in crisis with senior party leaders expressing their displeasure over the functioning the party. There were infighting in the BJP over the Lok Sabha ticket distribution but senior party leader Jaswant Singh has hit out at the party after he was denied ticket from his home town Barmer in Rajasthan.

Singh has, however, denied quitting the party. He said, "I am a founding member of this party. Working for the BJP has been an honour. I have worked for the party for so many years. Why should I resign?" There were reports that Singh is likely to quit the party over the denial of the ticket and may contest as an Independent.

He said, "I will be filing my nomination from Barmer tomorrow. You will get to know tomorrow, what decision we will take."

He added, "The party has compromised its ideology on many fronts and it has been encroached upon. They said that they couldn't adjust me, I found that insulting. I am not a piece of furniture to be adjusted."

He also thanked Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj for extending her support to him. He said, "I am thankful to Sushmaji but she didn't have to say she's saddened. It's clear. It's also clear who is responsible for it."

Sushma had questioned the process through which Singh was denied nomination from the Barmer-Jaisalmer Lok Sabha seat. Sushma said, "The decision was not taken in the Central Election Committee meet and I'm personally unhappy with the outcome."

Singh did not name anyone but held those who run the party to be responsible for the present situation. He said, "Who do I blame? Obviously those who run the party."

Meanwhile, Singh's son and Barmer MLA Manvendra will not be attending the meet called by Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhra Raje. He said that he is unwell. Vasundhra had summoned all party MLAs from Barmer-Jaisalmer constituency.

Singh wanted to contest from Barmer but Vasundhara is adamant on Colonel Sona Ram Choudhary contesting from the seat.