Jaswant Singh says he will file nomination tomorrow as an independent candidate

Post date: Mar 23, 2014 6:30:32 AM

BJP leader Jaswant Singh, who is upset over not being allowed to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha polls from his home constituency, confirmed that he will file his nomination tomorrow as an independent candidate.

Mr Singh wanted to contest from Barmer, the constituency in Rajasthan where he was born. But the BJP ignored his request and instead decided to field Colonel (Retd) Sona Ram Choudhary, a former Congressman who recently joined the party.

BJP's Arun Jaitley had told reporters yesterday, "It is unfortunate that we could not adjust him. The party will find some other option for him."

Hitting out at the BJP, Mr Singh said, "At first, they said that they can't adjust my request. Then they said that they would adjust me. I am not a table, chair or furniture to be adjusted. The remarks smack of arrogance and are very insulting."

BJP picked Col Choudhary for Barmer after much persuasion by Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje who argued that as a Jat, he could help the party in the constituency where Jats are the dominant community. Mr Singh belongs to Thakur community.

Mr.Jaswant Singh had never contested from Barmer constituency. He won Lok Sabha elections from Chittorgarh in Rajasthan in 1991 and 1996, and from Darjeeling in West Bengal in 2009. If he decides to contest as an independent, he could upset the BJP's calculations as there are at least 1.5 lakh Rajput voters in the constituency. [based on media reports]