As BJP president in 2009, Rajnath Singh had expelled him from party in a manner in which even a "peon" is not sacked, Jaswant Singh said, adding that he got carried away by emotions when he joined back the party.
The former Union Minister said he had informed Advani almost 18 months back of his wish to contest his last election from hometown Barmer and then told Rajnath Singh and L K Advani a few weeks back. Congress defector Sonaram Choudhary has been given the BJP ticket from Barmer. Singh recalled his long association with the party's founder leaders Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L K Advani and lamented its current state of affairs. "I have taken a step for Barmer. Relief is what I am feeling right now."
"I am contesting on principles and for honor, not just for my honor, but for the honor of all citizens of Barmer," he said.
Jaswant Singh claimed BJP was no more a party of principles and was fast being encroached upon by the outsiders."There is no place of values and principles in BJP anymore, which once were central to the party. Its 'chaal, charitra, chehra' are changing in new hands," said the rebel leader, who arrived in Barmer from his ancestral village Jasol along with his wife and supporters and headed straight to the collectorate to file the nomination. Addressing the gathering at Adarsh Stadium with a huge poster showing him with Vajpayee in the backdrop, he said that it was time to give a befitting reply to Rajnath and Raje. Jaswant Singh's earlier three terms in Lok Sabha have been from Jodhpur, Chittorgarh (Rajasthan) and Darjeeling (West Bengal). (PTI)