Jaswant Singh on Saturday broke down while addressing a press meet. He was quoted as saying, "My honour cannot be subject to trading. There has been encroachment on the principles and ideologies of the BJP."
Meanwhile, media reports claimed that Jaswant Singh's son Manvendra Singh, sitting MLA from Sheo in Rajasthan, asked for a month's leave from BJP.
I am hurt by this decision of the party, reason be whatsoever: Sushma Swaraj
Another BJP leader Sushma Swaraj too was not happy with party's decision of not giving ticket to a senior leader like Jaswant Singh. Sushma said, "I understand that it is not an ordinary decision and there must have been a strong reason for it. But personally, I am hurt by this decision of the party, reason be whatsoever."
76-year-old Jaswant Singh wanted to contest what is likely to be his last election, 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.
Earlier LK Advani had expressed his displeasure with the party decision as he was asked to contest election from Gandhinagar, Gujarat and not from Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. BJP leaders including Narendra Modi had tried to convince Advani but their efforts went in vain.