Jaswant Singh deprecates veneration of individual by BJP

Mar 31 2014, 01:09 IST
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SummaryIn a sharp attack on Narendra Modi and BJP campaign centric around him, expelled party veteran Jaswant Singh today deprecated "veneration" of an individual and said world was full of graveyards of those who are considered indispensable to their nation.

In a sharp attack on Narendra Modi and BJP campaign centric around him, expelled party veteran Jaswant Singh today deprecated "veneration" of an individual and said world was full of graveyards of those who are considered indispensable to their nation.

Jaswant Singh, who was expelled by the party yesterday for six years for refusing to withdraw his nomination as an independent form Barmer, further added that no political party should become handmaiden of an individual.

He also hit hard at BJP president Rajhnath Singh saying that he had cautioned the party about his (Rajnath Singh's) presidency and that the party would be victim of his decision.

In an interview to PTI, Singh said, "I don't think veneration of an individual is a proper attitude for a political party. There was a very great leader of France who said that graveyards of world are full of those who are considered indispensable to their nations.

"We must learn the essence of this. Individuals are transitory. The nation and political organisations that aspire to or endeavour to serve the country must not become handmaiden of individuals."

The former Union Minister was reacting to BJP coining the "Namo" chant and glorification of individuals over party.

On a question whether it was a good thing to announce Prime Minister in advance, he said good or bad it has happened. "Samay bataega aur Bharat bhugtega," he said.

Singh said he was deeply "wounded" by decision of BJP to not let him contest from Barmer despite his plea that he wanted to serve his motherland in what could be his last term in the Lok Sabha.

The new avatar of BJP in which senior leaders are being sidelined is making the party "destructably (sic) aggressive" instead of getting progressive, Singh said here today. The nine-time MP, who was one of the founding office bearers of the party, has decided to contest as an independent against BJP candidate Col Sonaram from here who switched over from Congress barely three days before getting a ticket.

Announcing his suspension yesterday, the party had said, "As per section 25(9) of the party's constitution, any leader contesting against the party's official candidate is liable for immediate expulsion.

"Accordingly, as per BJP president's directions, Jaswant Singh, MP... has been expelled from the party for six years with immediate effect."

Slamming the party's decision against fielding him from Barmer, Singh said that its move to give the ticket to Sonaram had added to his dismay.

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